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City of San Marcos and Texas State University launch public art competition to protect rivers
The City of San Marcos and Texas State University are sponsoring an art competition seeking a design for storm drain manhole covers that will be installed on all new City-owned storm drains.
The contest is intended to raise awareness of water quality issues and the impact that pollutants, dumped into city storm drains, can cause to the San Marcos River and other tributaries.
The contest is part of a joint education effort between the city and university to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act.
The contest is open to people who live, work, or attend school in San Marcos, including Texas State students. Contestants’ designs should be uniquely created for San Marcos and show how protecting our local waters begins at the storm drain. Designs should be original, black-and-white art that fits in a six-to eight-inch circle.
Designs will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2013. A panel of judges will select the top four winning designs based on the relevance to the intended water quality message and on overall appearance. Winners will be selected from the following age groups: 10 and under, 11-13, 14-18, over 18. Winners from each age group will receive $50, and the over-all winner will receive an additional $50. The winning artist will see his or her design become the standard to be used on all new City storm drain manhole covers.
For more information, contact Shawn Wolfshohl at the City of San Marcos Transportation Division, 512.393.8036 or Texas State University Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management Department, 512.245.3616.
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