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Calling all artists — enduring art project

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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.  Stormwater pollution, such as oil from roads and parking lots, lawn fertilizer, pet waste, cigarette butts and construction sediment, directly impacts our rivers, wildlife, and quality of life.
PUBLIC ART – The City of San Marcos and Texas State University will initiate a design contest for stormwater manhole covers, similar to the contest completed by the City of Springfield, MO, to educate the community about stormwater pollution. (Photo courtesy of City of Springfield, MO)

  “This art contest is an innovative way to engage and educate our community about the impacts of pollutants in our storm drains,” said Sabas Avila, Assistant Director of Public Services-Transportation. “Public art is a great way to spread this message.”

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.
 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.
Full contest rules, entry forms and information can be found at
Reprinted from the City of San Marcos, TX website —  Trey Hatt

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