Hows The Water

2.8.12 EPA Contest

For many local residents, the beautiful waterfront and harbor is a reason to move here and to remain here, sometimes for generations.  A contest recently announced by the U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and the National Center for Creative Aging, should resonate with many of us.  The theme for this year’s contest is a “Sense of Water”  in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.   There are four categories: photography, ssay, poetry and dance. Contest submissions are encouraged to focus on the various properties of water – how it tastes, what it sounds like, how it feels – and what water means to the entrants.  What makes this contest different is that entries must be from a team of two or more persons, a young person and an older person. The creative work should express the “Sense of Water” that your team feels for the sea, a lake, a river, a stream, waterfall, the fish and wildlife that inhabit water.

The EPA and other partners wish contestants  to share their love for water though a creative project that captures through their eyes, ears and senses the wonder of water around us.  Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions with and reflections on the sense of water.Dance video entries are not limited to the moving body. Contestants can use live performers and/ or capture movement and change visible in nature: birds landing, trees shaking in a storm, a river flowing…

Rachel Carson’s beautifully written book, The Sea Around US, can serve as an inspiration for contestants.   In the chapter The Birth of an Island she sums up the uniqueness and irreplaceability of the species … “In a reasonable world men would have treated these islands as precious possessions, as natural museums filled with beautiful and curious works of creation, valuable beyond price because nowhere in the world are they duplicated.”

Illustrating with words, she captures and illustrates the Earth’s evolution including the formation of islands, mountains, and oceans. She brings into focus the creatures of the sea that live near the surface of the sea and then dives deeper into the dark depths of the bottom of the sea.

“Water means different things to different people, and this contest is a great opportunity for people of all ages to creatively express how water touches their life,” said Nancy Stoner, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water.

The deadline for entries is June 1, 2012, and winners will be announced in September 2012. A panel of judges will select finalists in each category, and the winners will be determined by a public online vote that will begin in August 2012. For more information about the contest and to see the works of previous
winners please see

I hope that the contest receives many entrants from the communities surrounding our harbor.  We certainly have a wonderful inspiration in our front yard.