Annual Water Awareness Poster Contest

The votes are in!

We Are Pleased to Announce the Winners of the

2019-2020 Water Awareness Poster Contest

There were some unique challenges to successfully carry out the contest this year and we appreciate the extra efforts made by all of our participating teachers and students.  

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Grade 3-Only Rain Should Go Down the Storm Drain!

Mia Vega, Liberty Elementary School, Petaluma

Isaiah Rangel, Brooks Elementary School, Windsor

Lainey Miller, Gravenstein Elementary School, Sebastopol

Sammy Bunting, Loma Vista Immersion Academy, Petaluma

Joanna, Meadow Elementary School, Petaluma

Jaxson Vera, Mark West Elementary School, Santa Rosa

Grade 4- Save Water to Save Energy!

Ailynn E. Contreras Cruz, Cali Calmecac Language Academy, Windsor

Sophia Storc, Dunham Elementary School, Petaluma

Camila Torres De La Torre, Dana Gray Elementary School, Ft. Bragg

Grade 5- Saving Water, Saves Fish!

Caius Shuck, Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts, Santa Rosa

Karen Gonzalez Montalvo, McDowell Elementary School, Petaluma 

Grade 6-Ditch the Plastic, Your Tap Water is Fantastic!

Hana Harrison, Twin Hills Middle School, Sebastopol

Ashea Sheffield-Banks, Twin Hills Middle School, Sebastopol 

About the Contest

Contest Themes:

Grade 3-Only Rain Should Go Down the Storm Drain!

Help your students develop an empowering message by illustrating ways to prevent pollutants like trash and pet waste from entering our waterways.

A kid-friendly interactive website was developed by Project Wet that will help kids learn how to save water and keep it clean: Project Wet-Discover Water.

Here is an age-appropriate video that teaches kids about storm water: Freddy the Fish Teaches About Storm Water

Grade 4- Save Water to Save Energy!

Water is heavy! Moving water from groundwater sources near the Russian River to the nine cities and towns within our service area requires a lot of energy. Even more energy is used at home to heat water for showers, clothes washers and dishwashers. Then after it's used, water must be sent to a wastewater treatment plant where energy is used to treat it before it is released into the environment. Help your students understand that water conservation lowers energy use and is a positive step towards reducing our overall impact on the environment. 

For an overview of the connection between electricity generation and water go to: Union of Concerned Scientists-Energy and Water

Grade 5-Saving Water, Saves Fish!

The Russian River and its tributaries support three salmonid species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: steelhead, Chinook and coho salmon. The Russian River is also the source of drinking water for over 600,000 people within our service area. When people use water at home they are using water from the watershed that we share with salmon and other living things. Using less water means there is more water for all of the other living things within our watershed including salmon.

To learn more about water supply and our local coho salmon populations go to: Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership

For information on water auditing at home and ways to save water: Learn how to be a water hero at home.

Grade 6-Ditch the Plastic, Your Tap Water is Fantastic!

Help get the word out that our tap water is continually monitored and tested to ensure safe, clean drinking water. Bottled water can cost up to 500 times more than tap water. Using a reusable water bottle and filling it up with tap water saves money, energy and water. 

The Story of Bottled Water

Fact Sheet about the amount of oil used to produce bottled water  


Please contact Trisha Meisler at or (707) 547-1926.


Thirteen posters will be chosen: the cover and one for every month and will be printed in The Water Awareness Calendar for 2021 and sent to over 5,000 teachers and partner organizations.

Students will receive a t-shirt with their poster printed on the front.

Teachers will receive a check for $50 for school supplies.


Contest is open to teachers and their students in grades 3-6.

Encourage your students to create a water themed poster with a conservation message (see themes below).

Art medium can include: chalk, charcoal, crayon, marker, paint, pen, pencil or watercolor.

Posters should be brightly colored and horizontally oriented.

Posters should include the grade-level theme written somewhere on the front.

Each teacher may submit two finalists per class

Teachers must fill out student name, school name, teacher, city, and grade level in space provided on back of poster paper.

Poster art and text should be original and completed by the student.

Posters will be judged based on use of theme and slogan, creativity, and use of color.

If chosen for the 2021 Water Awareness Calendar, students and teachers will be notified in June 2020.  

Student artwork will not be returned unless they are chosen to be included in the calendar but can be picked up at our office 404 Aviation Blvd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403 up until Sept.12020.

Past Water Awareness Calendars:

2019 Calendar Cover.jpg

2019: Specific themes for Grades 3-6

2018 Calendar Cover.jpg

2018: Original themes created by students in Grades 3-6

   2017 Water Awareness Calendar

2017: Any Season is a Good Reason to Conserve Water

2016 Water Awareness Calendar

2016: Celebrate Water, Use It Wisely

2015 Water Awareness Calendar cover

2015: Take Part, Be Water Smart

2014 Water Awareness Calendar cover

2014: Don’t Delay - Save Water Today

2013 Water Awareness Calendar cover

2013: I’m Wild About Saving Water

2012 Water Awareness Calendar cover

2012: Save Water, A Drop at a Time

2011 Water Awareness Calendar cover

2011: Be a Water Saver

2010 Water Awareness Calendar cover

2010: We Are Planting Ideas to Save Water