Inaugural Storm Drain Art Contest Winners Announced; Messages in Living Color on the Importance of Clean Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 27, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — As part of the County’s outreach efforts to educate residents on water pollution and stormwater management, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is painting three storm drains with art and informational messaging. The paintings are the winning entries from the inaugural storm drain art contest.

The contest was hosted by DEP in partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy. County residents, ages 13 and above, were invited to submit artworks that portrayed an educational theme related to streams or storm drains and include a short tagline or message — in any language — related to the chosen theme. Eighteen entries were received and the three winning entries were chosen by a panel of judges and public voting.

The winners were:
• Chrismai N. Dzuong-Webb for “Think Further Down the Drain”
• Rachel Park for “Share the Purity”
• Natalya Parris for “Clean Water for All”

View the winning entries at My Green Montgomery.

“Painting storm drains brings attention to important clean water issues while adding art into the community” said Lisa Feldt, DEP director. “We are thrilled that the contest received such a positive response from County residents and that the three winning artworks show such creativity and concern for the environment.”

The first of the three planned paintings occurred the day before Earth Day when volunteers from the White Oak ShopRite store and County staff painted “Think Further Down the Drain” at the White Oak Community Center, 1700 April La., Silver Spring. The other two paintings, scheduled for early April and Earth Day, were postponed due to rain. Volunteers are still needed for the remaining paintings and anyone interested should email stream.stewards (at) montgomerycountymd (dot) gov for the dates and locations.

To view photos of the White Oak Community Center painting, visit the Department of Environmental Protection’s flickr page.

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Media Contact: Jessica Jones 240-777-7753

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