The United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds is launching a video contest to engage the public on water quality issues and to inspire stewardship for the nation's waters. EPA will be soliciting short videos that help educate the public about water pollution and simple steps that individuals and communities can take to improve and protect water quality.
EPA is accepting videos on a wide variety of topics including: low impact development, wetlands, marine debris, watershed management, water quality monitoring, polluted runoff, and other water-related topics. The videos should convey easy, low cost, steps that individuals and communities can take to improve and protect the nation's streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.
The contest will run from the beginning of March until Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Videos will be judged by a panel of experts on the basis of: creativity and originality, quality, technical accuracy, and content of message.
Two winners will be chosen: one for a short, 30 or 60 second video that is useable as a public service announcement, and another for a longer 1 to 3 minute video. Each winner will receive a $2,500 cash award, and their videos will be featured on EPA's website.
Although there have been great improvements to our nation's waters over the years thanks to the Clean Water Act, there is still a massive problem resulting from human activities on the land. This contest will help get the word out about the remaining challenges facing the nation's waters and how people and communities can help make a difference.
To see the full list of contest rules and guidelines please visit, www.epa.gov/owow/videocontest.html.
For more information, contact:
Rebecca Neary at 202-566-1162.
Source: Don Waye, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Nonpoint Source Control Branch Website: epa.gov/nps