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DNR Announces River Of Words Environmental Poetry And Art Contest

Deadline for entries is Dec. 1

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 23, 2009) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that it will once again participate in the annual International Environmental Poetry & Art contest, also known as River of Words (ROW). Affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the ongoing theme of the contest is watersheds.

All Maryland entries in the international contest will be automatically entered in the state contest. A finalist in each category (poetry and art) will be chosen for each age group, K-6 and 7-12, in each of the 10 Maryland Chesapeake Bay tributary areas. Finalists will be announced in June. Those 40 finalists will compete for the four state championship titles for corresponding age groups.

Information on the international contest, prizes, entry form, and order form for the Watershed Science Curriculum can be obtained on the ROW Web site at The contest deadline is December 1.

For more information, visit

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Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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