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2005 The Water Conservation Art and Poetry Contest Winners

Every year, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) asks fifth and sixth grade students from public, private, and parochial schools throughout the City to submit original works of art and poetry that relate to water conservation, water quality and wastewater treatment. This year the DEP partnered with National Audubon Society to help young people become aware of native wildlife and the protection of the habitat that supports them. Entries were judged on their originality, craftsmanship, and creativity by selected reviewers from the City's environmental education community.

The Water Conservation Art and Poetry Contest provides students with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the City's water and wastewater supply systems, and creatively express what they learn. Students created artwork using various media and poetry. The beauty, maturity, and insight of each entry illustrated the students' understanding of various water issues.

On May 5th, a ceremony at Cooper Union's Great Hall in Manhattan, co-sponsored by Consolidated Edison, was held to honor more than 300 students from over 80 schools. All winning entries were displayed, and borough winners were called to the stage to receive awards from DEP Acting Commissioner David Tweedy. Representatives from National Audubon Society, the New York City Department of Education, Prospect Park Alliance and Consolidated Edison were there to offer congratulations to all the winners.

Eleven entries created by 12 students, received awards as the borough winners of the contest. The winners for art submissions were from the following schools:

  • Visitation School - Bronx
  • PS 1 and IS 239 (a tie) - Brooklyn
  • PS 1 - Brooklyn
  • St. Elizabeth School - Manhattan
  • MS 158 - Queens
  • St. Clare School - Staten Island

The winners for poetry submissions were from the following schools:

  • IS 131 - Bronx
  • IS 98 - Brooklyn
  • St. David’s School - Manhattan
  • PS 133 - Queens
  • St. Paul’s School - Staten Island

Acting Commissioner Tweedy congratulated all the winners and thanked the audience of participants throughout the City for their excellent efforts in helping to protect and conserve a precious resource.


Winning Artwork


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Winning Poetry


Water, It’s Everywhere

Water, it’s everywhere!
Down the street, it makes a puddle
Across my house, in the gutter
Children are splashing in the mud,
Which is made of water.

Water, it’s everywhere!
In your house, in your plants
In your bathroom, in your food
And in your drinks,
Water is even in you!

Water flows calmly
over the land
helping plants grow
and feeding man.

Water, it’s everywhere!
When rain pours down
When snow covers all
When storms become hurricanes
Which turn into floods.

Water, it’s everywhere!
In the sea, in the river
In the lake, in the ocean
You can’t live with it
You can’t live without it
Water, it’s everywhere!


The River Dances in the Breeze

The river dances in the breeze
With complete silence beneath the hemlock trees
Running into creeks and streams
River expands with great ease
As the sun bounces on the river like a mirror
The river becomes pristine and clearer
River rushes and bumbles through
Without saying a single word
He is still heard
River wants to run free
Without being polluted by you or me
As the river says good-bye
We begin to realize
On a quiet summer’s eve
The river dances in the breeze.


Water, Yesterday and Today

In the early 1600’s, when the Dutch founded a settlement
What they all did was start a water investment
There was no such thing as turning a faucet to wash your face
They had to go to a well with a bucket, as was the case
But as the population increased, those sources could not provide
So all those uses of water had to subside

Since there was no adequate system for disposing sewage and garbage
Water became contaminated and started a water shortage
City leaders realized how to develop a source of clean water
They looked at the Croton River and built a dam around its border

It became a well known reservoir for us New Yorkers today
From cleaning and drinking, it helped us in this way
So the next time you use water, you should use certain amounts
And you need to always remember, that EVERY little drop counts!


The Water Cycle

First it rains and then,
By chance, some water goes into the river.
The next step is run off,
As it “runs off” sliver by sliver.
Next it evaporates,
From the ocean blue,
And, since you cannot see it,
You won’t know what to do.
Finally the water cools,
And condenses, indeed.
It forms something important,
Something we definitely need...

Rain Water!

It repeats this cycle,
Day after day.
Unless something happens,
Like a drought starting today!


Last updated February 27, 2007

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