SAN MARCOS, TX (KXAN) - Texas State University and the City of San Marcos are introducing an art competition aimed at increasing awareness of pollution and water quality.
“This art contest is an innovative way to engage with and educate our community regarding 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.”
Students, community members and people working in San Marcos will have the opportunity to design the city’s new manhole covers. Participants will create an eight-inch design in black-and-white. Designs should be original pieces and show the public how storm drains can affect water quality.
Artwork will be accepted through Nov. 1 and winners from age groups ten and under, 11 through 13, 14 through 18 and over 18 will be chosen. Winners from each age group will receive $50, and the overall winner will win an additional $50.
The contest comes about after the Census Bureau deemed San Marcos as an “urban area.” Under this classification, the city is required to create a stormwater management plan that involves community education and involvement.
“With this increased growth comes more potential sources of pollution—but public awareness can go a long way toward keeping our waterways clean,” Avila said.
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