Student Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest Winners

“Water Champions” Exhibit at the Catskill Water Discovery Center.

Artwork and poetry created by students in New York City and areas of the Catskill Mountains that comprise the NYC Watershed is on display annually at the Catskill Water Discovery Center. The work represents the winning entries from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.

This year, more than 1,300 second through twelfth grade students representing 90 schools in New York City and the East and West of Hudson Watersheds participated. “Students submitted entries that beautifully depict an understanding of and appreciation for New York’s shared water resources and the importance of water conservation and protection,” says DEP Director of Education Robin Sanchez. For more information about DEP’s Art and Poetry Contest, visit

DEP manages New York City’s water supply providing approximately 1 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water each day to more than 9 million residents, including 8.3 million in New York City.

The water is delivered from the Croton, Catskill, and Delaware Watersheds that extend more than 125 miles from the city and comprise 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Thanks to strong community partnerships and significant investments in watershed protection programs, the Catskill and Delaware watersheds remain the largest unfiltered supply of drinking water in the United States today.

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