This is the 13th year MNGWPD has sponsored the annual Water Essay Contest. Over the years, the Water Essay Contest has engaged thousands of middle school students and challenged them to think critically about water and our region’s water resources. This year’s contest focused on the importance of water quality and water quantity. Students were asked to address the following statement, “Explain why water quantity (how much water we have) and water quality (how clean the water is) are equally important. Over 1,900 students from across the metropolitan area submitted essays.
The MNGWPD awards a prize to one student from the City of Atlanta and one to each of the 15 member counties. Domenica Weems, a 6th grader at Turner Middle School in Douglas County was chosen as Runner-up.
An awards reception was held Thursday December 4, 2014 in the South Wing of the Georgia State Capitol to honor all the contest winners and to announce the District-wide winner and Runner-up. Each county and City of Atlanta winner received a $100 prize. The District-winner received an additional $400 prize.
The essay contest is one of many initiatives conducted by the MNGWPD to raise awareness for conservation efforts and preservation of water quality in metro Atlanta. Visit www.mydropcounts.org for water conservation idea and strategies and Clean Water Campaign at cleanwatercampaign.com for stormwater pollution prevention information.
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is the planning organization dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the district.
Contact: Mitch Leff, (404) 861-4769, www.leffassociates.com