2019 Poster Contest

“Upstream, Downstream…Clean, Clean, Clean!”

Open to all ages

Learn, engage and advocate! Design a poster about how or why all Minnesotans should conserve and protect our sources of drinking water.  What happens upstream affects the waters downstream within Minnesota’s borders and beyond. It’s up to all of us to keep it clean and safe, now and for the future.

Rules:  All posters must contain the phrase “Upstream, Downstream…Clean, Clean, Clean!” to be eligible. Size of poster must not exceed 9”x12”.  Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2019 and follow all contest guidelines for consideration. All submissions become the property of H2O for Life and and the MN Department of Health, and will not be returned.  Submit all entries to H2O for Life Poster Contest, 1310 Highway 96E, #235, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

UPDATE: Due to the unusual weather that Minnesota has experienced this month, resulting in many school delays and closures, we are granting an extension of the deadline for poster contest submissions to Wednesday, March 7!  We wish to give every student who would like to participate every opportunity to do so.

Additional contest open to 4th grade students!  

All 4th grade finalists will be entered in the statewide MN Rural Water Association Contest for additional prizes, but MUST BE POSTMARKED by February 1, 2019 to be eligible. Click Here for complete details of this additional opportunity.


Awards: FIRST PLACE WINNERS in each category receive an Elkay Water Bottle Filling System for their school/community ($1200 value) and a $50 prize.  SECOND & THIRD PLACE category winners will receive gift certificates. Winners will be announced on World Water Day, March 22, 2019


Here are a few GREAT RESOURCES that students and teachers may find helpful in understanding more about water resources in Minnesota. 

MN Rural Water Association Elementary lesson plans

MN Department of Health  Drinking water protection resources 

H2O for Life Explore lesson plans at all grade levels 

We Are Water MN Traveling exhibit 

Water Ways MN  A Minnesota Water Primer 

Kids Environmental Health Student Portal  Focus on drinking water 

Safe Drinking Water Foundation Lesson plans and more 

Tox Town Background Facts about Water Pollution, most appropriate for secondary

EPA Lesson Plans and Teacher Guides Drinking water activities for students and teachers

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