Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Artistic Aquatic Entomologists - Assemble!

(Forgive the alliteration, end-of-year deadlines will do that to a person.)

For a bit of local news, the City of Fort Collins is holding an Art in Public Places design contest to help raise public awareness to the relationship between storm drains and environmental health. The stormwater drainage network within Fort Collins drains directly into the Cache La Poudre River, so that what gets dumped into a street gutter or storm drain has a direct impact on water quality and the health of aquatic systems.

A stonefly nymph from our neck of the woods (Larimer County, CO). Photo by Georgia Doyle.

If you are artistic and like aquatic insects, here's your chance to make a difference! The contest runs through January 3, 2012, with the theme of aquatic insects in our watershed and how they help determine water quality. The winner receives an honorarium, and then more than 75 manhole covers and 3,000 storm drain markers will be replaced over the next 5 years by new sustainable die-cast markers featuring the winning artwork.

For more information, see the full announcement from the City.

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