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NEWS RELEASE
                            Public Communications Division
                           
Department of Customer Services
                            City & County of Honolulu
                            523-4385

                                                                                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 2, 2001 

Mayor Jeremy Harris is pleased to announce the winners for the 11th annual national “Make A Difference Day” watershed models competition. 

The contest was sponsored by City's Department of Customer Service and Department of Environmental Services, which partnered with local residents, schools, and businesses in cooperation with the local conservation group, Protect the Planet. 

The competition was held at shopping malls and local events.  Students were asked to construct a scale model depicting their community's watershed, or ahupua’a. Students helped educate thousands of onlookers as they gave presentations about their watershed models. 

The path of pollution was traced from the mountains to the sea. Agriculture, residential, and business all affect the quality of our water as it makes its way to the ocean. Models were constructed from plywood, paper mache', glue, paint and a touch of realism using live plants. 

Imagination and hard work went into construction of the homes, farms, mountain ranges, roads, animals; the storm drains systems and their effects on Hawaii's water quality.  “These young adults have worked hard to design, build, and demonstrate their models,” Mayor Harris stated.  “In my book, they are all winners along with the environment.”   

Each participant received a certificate from the Mayor was presented a special award for their knowledge and efforts in understanding watersheds and raising awareness about pollution. 

A three-way tie allowed top honors to be given to  Niu Valley Middle School (Team 3), Lanikai School (Team 2), and Waianae High School. The event  provided Honolulu's keiki a chance to showcase their creativity. 

Each student realized that by working together and helping educate others, they were able to "make a difference.” 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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