HPWD Now Accepting H2YOU Contest Entries

September 29, 2016 – Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to participate in the third annual H2YOU contest sponsored by the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD).

Deadline for entries is December 5, 2016. Participating students must attend school or reside within the 16-county HPWD service area.

“The H2YOU Contest encourages students to share innovative ideas about water conservation. Each four-member team will design a detailed conservation campaign that proposes at least two new ways to reduce water use by either agriculture, municipalities, or local residents. The students have the option of selecting the water user group for the campaign,” said Katherine Drury, HPWD Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Each campaign centers around a conservation catch phrase and must include elements of writing, graphic design, and photography.

The top three entries will present their proposal to a panel of judges at the HPWD office in Lubbock. Winners will be selected based upon the judges’ recommendations.

First place team winners each receive a $250 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Austin in early 2017. They will present their water conservation project to their local State Representative and/or representatives of various water-related agencies, including the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The students will also be recognized during the 85th Texas Legislature which convenes in January 2017.

Second place team winners each receive a $200 cash price and third place team members each receive a $150 cash prize.

Teams representing Crosbyton High School were named the H2YOU conservation campaign winners in the 2014 and 2015 competition.

The H2YOU contest rules and entry form are availalbe at www.hpwd.org/contest

Additional information is available by contacting Katherine Drury at (806)762-0181 or by email at katherine.drury@hpwd.org

Created in 1951 by local residents and the State Legislature, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 is charged with the responsibility of conserving, preserving, protecting, and preventing waste of groundwater in aquifers within its 16-county service area. HPWD is the first groundwater conservation district created in Texas. It celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2016.

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