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2010 New York City Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest Winners

Slideshow of Selected Artwork from Borough and Citywide Winners

Selected Poetry from Borough and Citywide Winners


Water is very essential.
We've got to reach our conservation potential.
Instead of letting water runs spray the dishes.
Its lots of fun.
Check for leaks under your sink.
You've got to look closely don't even blink.
Take a quick shower instead of a bath.
We'll save lots of water, do the math.
Don't let the water run while brushing your teeth.
So you have enough to drink during the summer heat.
Preserve the precious water we have today.
So we can have it for future days.

Marvin Mujko, 4th Grade, Notre Dame Catholic Academy-Queens

How Water Comes Here

Hello I will teach you about water, as you will see.
It comes down as rain, obviously.
It runs down the mountain faster than you.
It goes to the reservoir for you to me too.
Cities clean it very quickly, yes they do.
Then it goes to you.
It is good because you use it in every single way.
You can swim in it, or you can play!
Make water a treasured gift that will stay!

Marc Anthony Maquiling, 4th grade, St. Patrick School-Brooklyn

Better than a Landfill

For forty years, or maybe more
We've dumped our trash on this bay's shore
Candy wrappers, soda cans,
We've ruined such important land.
We've tossed batteries and plastic bags,
Kitchen sponges, ripped up rags.
But don't despair! There is still hope.
We'll save this bay with work and cope.

Why should we save it? It's
just a bay; Won't affect us in any way.
Wait a second-that's not true!
It relates to both me and you.
While it pollutes, yes, we'll live on,
Yet the eighty-one fish species will be gone!
As will the three-hundred-twenty-five kinds of bird.
So save Jamaica Bay, and spread the word.

This place stops floods, and storms, and more,
Gives kids a place to learn, explore;
Obviously it should be kept clean,
On helping it you should be keen.
And though it might seem too big to fix
It'll only get even worse than this-
Unless we start our hard work now!
That's why this poem will teach you how.

So how can we help it? We all ask the same thing.
Well, the most obvious way is to stop littering!
But there are definitely other, less obvious ways
To help restore this precious bay.
We can keep our water usage low
To protect it from sewer overflow.
We can clean up our parks and highway lanes,
To stop garbage from washing down storm drains.

Keep away from fertilizers with nitrogen,
For the remains of them will sneak their way in.
Our drains at home go just the same way -
Chemicals we dump will end up in the bay.
So dispose of detergents properly
And then for sure a difference we'll see!
Follow these rules, we most certainly will,
For this bay deserves better than a landfill.

Jane Hagemann, 6th Grade, IS 239 - Brooklyn

Ode to High Bridge

Like an old mighty oak,
You soar so high - high above the Harlem River,
maintaining your powerful place
among the proud and grateful City.
High Bridge.

You have the honor of being
the oldest NYC bridge that exists.
You connect two of our boroughs-
the Bronx and Manhattan.
High Bridge.

Built as a conduit carry City
water from Croton Aqueduct.
Similar to the Roman aqueducts
your massive stone arches run your full length.
High Bridge.

As a dear reliable friend,
You supplied NYC with water
That was good and plentiful.
You even allowed your friends a pleasant walk.
High Bridge.

When time, year, and neglect settled in,
your demise seemed quit certain.
Til your grateful friends a pleasant walk.
High Bridge.

For how could good friends
let such a legacy die.

Jon Paul Moran, 5th Grade, PS 204 - Brooklyn.

The Life of Water

Waiting, up in the sky
Waiting, to descend into the world
Just a single could floating above a high mountain
Finally, falling down, down, down into a little stream,
Down the stream I go
To the bottom of the lake
As I tumble down a waterfall
Falling, twisting, and turning through a cold current
Then I get sucked up into a big tank
And humans drive away
The next thing I know I'm all alone in a little bottle
Not knowing what to do
In a dark and lonely box
Then light opens through a little crack
Then they put me in a cold container with ice all around me
I waited
Finally a hand reached out
And grabbed me, tilted me down his throat, and swallowed
I was sliding down, down, down
I went down, down, again
Into a dark, dark place
Awaiting my fate

Cassidy Egan Soloft, 4th Grade, Trevor Day school - Manhattan

The little snowflake

I am a little snowflake
Falling from the sky.
Spinning, Dancing, Floating,
Down to Earth I fly

Of all things just a snowflake
Is what I love to be,
In my fluffy, snowy dress
For everyone to see

Sometimes when I land on earth
I lose my snowy dress
And I become just water.

When many of us come at once
We dress the earth in white,
And makes a lovely carpet
That sparkles day and night.

Afsana Rahman, 4th Grade, PS 50 - Queens

Staten Island's Blueblet Plan

Our bluebelt plan is what we need
to keep our land and water clean.
New York's old plan for sewer lines
did not improve our water supply.

So our public leaders Bloomberg and Oddo,
came up with an idea to help our land,
which we call “The Bluebelt Plan.”
Transforming existing degraded areas
into ecological gems to preserve our waters.

“Now how can we help?” one might ask
well, our federal, local and state friends
can help with this task.

Organize, participate in a clean up project
join a group for local environment
or report illegal dumping that you see
by calling 311 emergency!

Staten Island's bluebelt plan is so earth friendly
with nothing left but a green earth to envy.

Sarah Watson, Regina Wheeler, Erika Saguisili and Tim Vega, P 721 R, Hungeford School - Staten Island

New York City Water

From dripping rain and melting snow,
I run off, and away I go!
I wash down the sidewalk and the street,
Into the sewers, under your feet.

Some of me go to a local river or bay,
While most of New York water, by the end of the day,
Gets together in treatment plants of the city,
To kill all the microbes. Oh what a pity!

Combined sewer overflow, or CSO,
Accounts for 70 percent of the sewage flow.
During periods of heavy rainfall or storm,
My excess volume cause me to swarm
As overflow, along with human and industrial waste,
Right into water bodies, to be cleaned up with haste.

Treatment at wastewater plants must be quite quick,
To remove the pollutants so you don't get sick.
In a mere seven hours, the job is complete,
Compared to weeks in nature to perform the same feat!

Five major processes help get me clean,
Removal of 95 percent of pollutant is seen
When primary and secondary treatments are through,
To help get the water spotless for you!

Wastewater, called influent, from your business or home,
Through upright screen bars preliminarily must roam,
To filter out large pieces of cans, sticks, and trash,
And send them to landfills, so the sewage pumps won't crash.

Next is primary treatment to remove further sediment,
The flow of water is slowed, without any impediment.
After one to two hours, heavy solids settle and clump,
And on the surface we are left with grease and oil to pump!

Then comes the important secondary treatment,
We must eradicate microbes for completement!
To the large aeration tanks we successfully pump air
So that we can take out waste and sludge with care.

The essential fourth step involves disinfection,
It kills harmful organisms in its water correction.
After 15 to 20 minutes in a tank with chlorine,
The effluent, or exiting water, keeps our local beaches pristine.

The final process clears up the byproduct or sludge,
The step of thickening and digestion is not a drudge.
Because settled solids are dewatered into a bio-sold state,
To help fertilize our environment before it's too late.

New York City works hard to keep our water pure,
The wastewater treatment program is efficient for sure!
Water is a precious resource, the basis of our city's heart,
Conservation is a priority. We must all do our part!

Jeffrey Weiner, 6th Grade, Horace Mann School - Bronx

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