May 02, 2008

State Winners of 2008 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Announced

Winner will receive $3,000, a trip to Stockholm for the international competition and the opportunity to present at WEFTEC.08

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2008 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. WEF Member Associations selected and will sponsor state winners and their science teachers to attend the national competition, hosted by the Florida Water Environment Association, June 19 to 21, 2008, in Orlando, Fla.

The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater treatment.

“Leadership is what separates communities that are successfully addressing water and sanitation needs from those that are not,” said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. “The Stockholm Junior Water Prize continues to be an excellent program for helping today’s youth become the global leaders we’ll need to protect our water resources into the future.”

The U.S. winner will receive $3,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, for the international competition as well as the opportunity to present their research to water quality experts at WEFTEC.08—the federation’s 81st annual technical exhibition and conference in Chicago this October. In addition, the U.S. winner’s school will receive $1,000 toward enhancing science education and up to three finalists will receive $1,000 each.

In the U.S., WEF and its member associations organize the national, state and regional SJWP competitions with support from ITT Corporation (also the international sponsor), The Coca-Cola Company and Delta Air Lines.

The national winner will represent the U.S. at the international competition in Stockholm, Sweden, during World Water Week, August 17 to 23, 2008. The international winner will receive $5,000 presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. The list of winners can be found at: AboutWater/ForStudents/SJWP/2008StateWinners.htm.