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Cano wins water conservation essay contest

From Staff Reports

ATLANTA - Memorial Middle School student Paige Cano was recently named the Rockdale County winner in the sixth annual Water Conservation and Water Quality essay contest, sponsored by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.

The Water District is responsible for developing comprehensive watershed, waste water and water supply and conservation plans to be implemented by local governments in the 16-county metro Atlanta region. The Clean Water Campaign and Water Use It Wisely are public education campaigns designed to educate and promote behavior changes in water conservation and water quality.

Cano received her award at Memorial Middle School in December when she was presented a certificate and a $25 check by Rockdale County Commission Chairman Roy Middlebrooks.

"Rockdale County is one of the 61 counties included in the history-making drought," Middlebrooks said during the ceremony. "As a policy maker in Rockdale County, it is my job to implement policies and laws to preserve our community resources. But I cannot do it alone; we need the support from the community. Paige is doing her part."

In her essay, Cano wrote, "There are many ways to correct the problem of water pollution and water conservation. This includes something as large as finding a way to recycle water, and as simple as throwing away a runaway newspaper."

The two campaigns, Clean Water Campaign and Water Use It Wisely, work together to encourage children and parents to address the growing need to improve water quality and conservation efforts in Georgia. Students researched and shared their thoughts on why conserving water and preventing water pollution are important for the future of the rivers, lakes and streams in the region. The main goal of this program is to encourage students to propose inventive solutions to water conservation and water quality in metro North Georgia.

The contest was open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale and Walton Counties. Each participating school submitted its winning essay for the county competition, and one overall winner was selected from among the county winners.