Grand Prize goes to Lewiston-Porter High School Studio Art Students
The first full week of May is the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s celebration of “Water Week,” which encourages us to think about how we can protect, restore, and conserve our abundant water resources. The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning shares this enthusiasm for protecting our resources. That is why they recently organized the 2013 Rain Barrel Painting Contest.
Teams from twenty-five middle and high schools in both Erie and Niagara counties used the theme, “Rainwater is a Resource, Not Just Runoff,” to design and paint retrofitted syrup concentrate barrels from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. The Western New York Stormwater Coalition and the Erie County Water Quality Committee encouraged the teachers and students to learn more about how they could collect stormwater runoff and help prevent it from polluting our waterways.
Stormwater is precipitation that flows over or across impermeable surfaces such as driveways, streets, and parking lots. This runoff picks up contaminants like lawn chemicals, automotive fluids, pet wastes, and other litter as it makes its way into our area streams and rivers every time it rains. Capturing runoff through the use of a rain barrel is one easy way to protect the environment while collecting and storing rainwater suitable for lawn, garden, and other non-drinking uses. You can learn more about how you can protect water quality, as well as test your stormwater knowledge at, www.erie.gov/stormwater.
Over 300 students from around the region took part in the contest and in the process, learned more about conserving and protecting our natural resources. Winners of the contest were: the Lewiston-Porter H.S. team led by teacher Mr. Joshua Milovich; the City Honors team led by teacher Ms. Seana Root; and the team from Lancaster H.S., led by teacher Ms. Amy Balling. A panel of judges ranked the barrels based upon their depiction of the theme, creativity, and execution. Winners received cash prizes from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. View the entries at the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning’s Facebook page.