And the Ripple Effect Winner Is…

This week’s blog is submitted by Laurie Loftin, aka “The Drop-parrazzi” of the event

Local filmmakers once again made a splash at the Ripple Effect Film Project.  The 2015 event included 27 films with a focus on water conservation and stewardship.  Winning films received a water meter hand-painted by local artist Jamie Calkin.  In addition to the water meter, Best in Festival and Best Overall films won cash prizes and may be shown in select movie theaters.

Drum Roll Please…   And the winners are:

Best in Festival:

Little Changes, by Hyacinth Empinado

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Best Overall:

Lessons From Little Lily, by Ms. Criswell’s 1st grade Whit Davis Elementary Students

Best Conservation Message:

Super Soaker, by Cooper Allen & Holland Zwart, Barrow Elementary School, 5th grade

Best Production Quality:

Water Nightmare, by Cooper Allen, Salil Chalise, Jackson Davis, & Michael Rosch, Barrow Elementary School, 5th grade

Audience Choice Award:

A Journey to Find Water, by Joseph Essiful-Ansah, Mackenszie Howell, Madeline Randolph, & Alexander Sweet, Barrow Elementary School, 5th grade

Category Middle School

Best Overall:

Agent Conserving Water and the Case of the Neighborhood Polluters, by Colin Frick, Melanie Frick, Sachio Goodie, Tristan Lankford, and Klara Lankford, Hilsman Middle School, 7th grade

Best Conservation Message:

The Human Water Cycle, by Anna Gay, Clarke Middle School, 6th grade

Audience Choice Award:

A Water Drop in Time, by Josie Elliot, Paulina Ibanez, Madeline Ingle, Anna Frances Julian, Emerson Meyer, & Katie Grace Upchurch, Clarke Middle School, 7th grade

High School Division

Best Overall AND Audience Choice Award: 

20,000 Leaks Under the Sea, by Tyler Ortel, Oconee County High School, 11th grade

Best Conservation Message:

Tips for Drips, by Claudia Gaither & Serena Mon, Cedar Shoals High School, 11th grade

Adult Division

Best Overall:

Elio’s Trash Monster, by Bryan Redding

Best Conservation Message:

Know the Source, by David Diaz, Elizabeth Guinessey, & Jon Hallemaire

Audience Choice Award:

W.O.M.A.N., by Michael Baldwin from Bad/Seed, Inc.

Thank you to all of our wonderful filmmakers for making the Ripple Effect Film Project a valuable and entertaining evening.  To see all of the videos that made the finals, visit Lily Anne Phibian’s YouTube channel.

I look forward to next year!

Laurie

AthFest is so much Cooler when you recycle

AthFest is so much Cooler when you recycle

This week’s blog was written by Christina Abner, an intern at the WCO

It’s that time of year again where many Athenians and people from all over congregate for our local music festival “AthFest” and we will be there! The Water Conservation Office is participating in KidsFest where we will be making fun crafts that incorporate music and of course, Water!

If you would like more information about AthFest visit the link: http://athfest.com/

If you would like more information about AthFest visit the link: http://athfest.com/

So make sure to plan on joining us for one of the best events Athens has to offer

Water is not the first thing you think about when thinking of a music festival, but with a large number of people coming to Athens, it’s interesting to think of the logistics of it all. I know for a fact that AthFest and their crew are all about Recycling, but what about conserving water? I had the opportunity to speak with an AthFest representative, Jill Helme, and ask the cold watery facts about this beloved music festival.

When we asked Ms. Helme about ways they were conserving water at AthFest this year she mentioned that since it will be hot out there they will be using low-flow misters at KidsFest, and are going to try to use as little water as possible in other places around the festival. We hoped that there would be water bottle refilling stations for people who brought bottles but she said, “the city stopped letting us use fire hydrants to let people fill water bottles because they didn’t feel able to ensure the cleanliness of the line/pipes.”  As an alternative to this Athfest will be selling bottled water at the event and will have recycling and composting containers throughout the festival.

People at Athfest can save water by reusing those bottles and recycling them when they are done.

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Did you know it takes about 24 gallons of water to make one pound of plastic? That’s a lot of water! Recycled plastic requires less water to make water bottles, so “Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling” saves water too! In 2013 alone, the United States produced over 33 Million Tons of plastic and only 9% of it was recycled.  Here in Athens we can do a lot better! So this weekend reduce your water bottles by reusing them, and remember when you are done with them recycle!!! We have the power to leave a lasting mark on our community by simply making better choices today.

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We hope yall enjoy AthFest and remember to reuse and recycle your bottles this weekend.  Here are some useful last minute quick tips as it’s going to be a scorcher this weekend!

A couple last minute quick tips from the water conservation office:

  • We love our Puppy companions, but please do not let them come to AthFest!   It is hot, and their little paws will burn on the hot concrete and will be no doggie watering stations.
  • Wear sunscreen! It’s going to be hot, the sun dries out your skin and having a sunburn is never fun!
  • Avoid heat exhaustion, “Stay HYDRATED”, bring a reusable water bottle to refill so when the heat hits 90 degrees you’ll be ready!
  • One important reminder about Port-a-potties, they are not trash cans!  Remember your 4 P’s  because someone has to manually take out the trash from those things!

Have a great AthFest and stay cool!!  See you there!!!

Special Thanks to Jill Helme, Executive Director of AthFest Educates for taking the time to answer our questions!

More information about the Nonprofit event: http://athfest.com/

Take the Potty Pledge

This week’s blog was written by Emily Bilcik, a new intern at the WCO on a mission to stop flush offenders. 

PrintNews flash! Your toilet is not a dumping ground. Well… it’s not a trash can. Although it may be your “royal throne,” it does not possess the power to make your disposable products disappear for good. You and I know there is no magic behind that flush, so it’s about time we take a seat and pledge to ponder at our pots.

Think for a moment about all of the things you’ve flushed down the toilet today. Aside from the usual “business,” did you flush baby wipes? Makeup remover wipes? Paper towels? What about all of the things you’ve flushed in the past week or month? Cotton balls? Sanitary products? Floss?  How about tissues, food, or medications? These common household items are flushed down toilets every day. But where does all of our junk go when we trigger the mysterious flush?

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Flushable wipes and other paper products do not dissolve easily like toilet paper does. Break the habit and toss your paper instead of flushing it.

All toilets – along with sinks, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines – drain to the same pipelines, making a pit stop at your local wastewater reclamation facility to freshen up. This facility, also known as a sewage treatment plant, is designed to manage water, human waste, and toilet paper only. Once the facility “reclaims” our wastewater, it is delivered directly back into our rivers. However, the reclamation process is often interrupted by a number of household products that enter the sewage pipelines and treatment headworks.

When wastewater arrives at the water reclamation facility in its raw stage, it goes through filtration screens that capture large materials wrongfully flushed or drained down the pipes, such as plastic, food, and paper. Small, heavier particles, such as sand or clay, are removed through a grit filtering system. This machinery often gets clogged by excess waste, particularly by items that do not dissolve easily, like wipes, paper towels, and tissues. Want the latest scoop on “flushable” paper products? Check out this shocking video below.

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Gro$$! Your bathroom could be swimming in sewage if you flush wipes, tissues, tampons, or paper towels.

Wipes and stronger paper products are marketed by companies as “flushable,” however they block the flow of water through the treatment plant and become an expensive nuisance for the city and you. Even if product packaging claims “flushability,” our sanitation facilities can’t treat them. Yes, “flushable” items can technically be flushed down the toilet, but so can just about anything – like a toddler’s shoe for instance. “Flushable” products – like wipes, tissues, paper towels, and tampons- are not good for plumbing and can result in a costly and nasty back-flow of sewage into your own home!

Do your water reclamation facility and yourself a favor. Send your trash and other “flushable” products straight to the landfill instead of through the sewage pipes first. Misconceptions about improperly labeled items are widespread and growing. It is up to you and me to get the word out about “flushable” products. Most people who flush or drain the wrong things down are uninformed about the problems they cause.

Even I was unaware of “flushing etiquette” until I became an intern at the Athens Clarke County Water Conservation Office. I was once a flush offender. I mindlessly tossed my tissues and paper towels down the pipes. However, I was unaware that my actions caused a commotion down the drain. Now I’ve been warned and I’ve decided to commit to the “Potty Pledge,” promising to flush only the four P’s. The only things that pass through my pot are:

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#1.  Pee

#2.  Poo

#3.  (toilet)Paper

#4.  Puke

These are the things our water reclamation facilities are built to handle and nothing more.

Improving our flushing practices is the most effective way to prevent costly problems associated with sewage backup and wastewater treatment inefficiency. Next time you flush, flush with confidence and knowledge. Share your understanding of “flushable” products with others to help keep our sanitary systems in check and the environment clean. Please don’t be a naughty flush offender anymore. Take the Potty Pledge today and become a sewer hero.

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Keep these items out of the pipes! Remember the four P’s you can flush. #PeePoo(toilet)PaperPuke

Water Conservation is a Real Pain

This week’s blog was written by Marilyn Hall, Water Conservation Coordinator for Athens-Clarke County.

I think it is gross to not flush the toilet every time. But, during a drought it is a sacrifice we call should make.

Water Conservation is Real Pain.

During drought-imposed outdoor watering restrictions, customers often complain to me that their plants are dying.  They are feeling the real pain of conservation measures. The role of water conservation is to manage water use in the short term during a drought and there can be a corresponding loss of productivity or quality of life, a.k.a. “pain”.   Many people endure the pain and make an extra effort to shower less often or only flush when necessary.  Such behavior changes are an important part of reducing water use during a drought or water shortage.

There can also be temporary institutional changes in priorities and policies.  For example, my daughter’s school conserved water during the 2007-2008 drought by switching to disposable forks, plates, and trays.  They balanced the need for waste reduction with the need for water conservation.  Since it was a drought emergency, it made sense to switch to disposables to save water.  This example of conservation was not very painful.

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Saving water saves money. Conservation measures such as installing WaterSense Fixtures and Appliances, replacing turfgrass with water-efficient plants, and making small behavior changes lead to long-term water efficiency. The savings add up.

Water Conservation is the Gateway to Efficiency.

More and more of the “temporary” and least painful conservation measures that are implemented during water shortages are becoming permanent.  When an industry changes its processes in response to a drought mandate, those changes tend to be permanent.  If overall production is the same and uses less water, why change back?  The industry is saving money on its water bill and becoming more efficient.

Short term, emergency conservation measures lead to long term efficiency.  Remember my daughter’s school?  It turns out that they saved money when they switched to disposables, so they never went back to the reusable plates, forks, and trays.  (This does not bode well for our landfill space, but that is a topic for another blog.)  Conservation is a gateway to efficiency.  This is evident at the industries who change their processes, my daughter’s school, and the home where turfgrass is replaced with a watersmart landscape.

Efficiency is Making our Drought Plan a Real Pain. 

Conservation leads to long term resource investment in efficient technology.  This pleases my inner-technogeek, but scares me as I work to revise our drought plan.  As it is now, our drought plan depends on our ability to reduce water demand during a drought.  A decade ago we could call on our community to reduce their water use by 20% or so with outdoor watering restrictions.  Now, their gardening and landscaping activities don’t use nearly as much water.  We estimate that a total outdoor watering ban would reduce our demand by less than 10%.  That is an extremely painful way to reduce water use by just a small amount.  What do we do when the state or other entity tells us to reduce water use by more?  Right now our residential daily water demand is about 40 gallons per day per person.  How low can we go?  

Take Responsibility.

Technological improvements will continue to lower each person’s demand for water.  At some point, it will become nearly impossible to reduce demand with temporary conservation measures and behavior changes.  Utilities are already looking at reusing water, improving system efficiency, desalination, and a multitude of other strategies for improving efficiency and finding additional sources.  Although utilities are doing all they can, I believe everyone should take responsibility for the long term sustainability of our water supplies.

The future of drought preparedness is not in painful, mandatory % reductions:  It is in drought resiliency all the time.  A more broad approach needs to be taken.  Water-saving codes and ordinances mandating efficiency in landscaping, fixtures, hvac, etc. are already on the books in many places.  Those codes are the easy part. Our built environment needs to change to be more water smart. There are many, many studies showing how the built environment affects water supplies.  For example,  higher housing density can reduce water use and green infrastructure can protect water supplies.  The long term sustainability of our water supply hinges on the relationship between how we live and our water consumption.

We cannot put this off.

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Athens-Clarke County is taking steps to plan for  sustainable water resources.  The County has been recognized as a Water First Community for taking a collaborative approach to water planning.

Changes related to land use or water infrastructure take decades to implement and needs to be incorporated into infrastructure planning.  Land development standards, comprehensive plans, codes and zoning ordinances, water offset programs, collaborative regional plans, and public engagement all play important roles in creating sustainable development, resulting in more sustainable water use and resilience to the impacts of drought.

Implementing water-sustaining plans and infrastructure can reduce the real pain of short term conservation measures. Soon it will be time for Athens-Clarke County to update its Comprehensive Plan.  This extensive planning effort provides the perfect opportunity to work on creating a sustainable future for water resources.  If we don’t get started soon, the real pain of water conservation measures may be more than we can handle.

5 Tips From an Apathetic Gardener

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This is not my yard. It is my dream. Find other great yards at HGTV.

This week’s blog is from Laurie Loftin, who is cursed with a brown thumb (or a lazy bone)

I love flower gardens. I envision my yard to one day be an enchanted paradise that is the envy of all who drive by. Neighbor children will ask to wind along the algae free water feature I installed, enjoy inhaling deeply as they pass the fragrant lilac bushes, and daydream on the bench engulfed in flowers at the end of a flagstone pathway.

But, alas, this is never to be, for I am an apathetic gardener. I didn’t name myself this. The lady at Lowe’s bestowed this title on me. As I shared with her my plan for selecting plants – whatever is on clearance and tagged as one you don’t have to water – she suggested I write a book called, “The Apathetic Gardener.” I think by using the word “apathetic” to describe me, she should have known I would never go so far as to write a book. As I do with my gardening efforts, I am going to follow a path that leads down the easier way and simply write a blog under this title.

Here are a few tips from an apathetic gardener:

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Not my yard, either, but getting closer. I like the use of newspaper to smother grass, too.

#1. Kill Your Grass  

I am not entirely lazy when it comes to my yard. I have been making a concerted effort to kill my grass since moving in four years ago. I read blogs, such as “4 Ways to Kill Your Lawn” by Richard Restuccia, which offer expert advice on how to commit grass murder and get away with it. My motivation for turf massacre is twofold. First, I work for the water conservation office and, as a good example to the community, I limit my water use. Second, I REALLY want to reduce my lawn mowing time. For more motivation to get rid of your lawn, I recommend, once again, the video “Your Yard is Evil”.

My chosen way of sucking the life out of my grass is actually very green. I break down my cardboard boxes and carefully position/recycle them over a section of my grass. I then dump mulch, aka gift from the garden gods, on top of the broken down box and go back inside. How easy is that?!?

#2. Pick the Best Time To Plant

In a few weeks I get tired of looking at the mulch. I check the weather forecast to know when to expect a few rainy days in a row. For an apathetic gardener, this is the best time to put in plants. The rain makes the ground soft for digging – very important when you are lucky enough to have a yard full of rocks buried in the concrete-like Georgia clay. The rain also means you won’t have to immediately water your new installations. I look at this as Mother Nature’s way of helping me out with the water bill. Thanks, Mo-Na! Finally, when your neighbors drive by and see you working in your yard while it is raining, they are fooled into thinking you are actually a dedicated gardener and start to wonder if, perhaps, they have misjudged you.

#3. Proper Plant Selection

I start to the store without a clear idea of what plants to get. Instead I formulate my list along the way, taking note of what is growing well in other people’s yards. Daylilies, Hydrangea, and elephant ears become my targets upon arrival at the store. I quickly learn plants have selling seasons and the day lilies are now on the clearance shelf. What a find! When I saw these plants, I actually heard them. They sounded like Beyonce, boldly declaring themselves, “I’m a survivor!” No one selected them while in their prime, they appear a tad forgotten on the shelf, and yet they are still slightly green and fighting for another day. This is the type of plant that has the best chance with me as its caretaker. I now regularly peruse and purchase from the clearance rack.

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This is my yard. I know it is going to look great one day. These are irises given to me from a Good Gardener. She knew to thin them out. I am putting them here to see what happens. Notice the mulch.

#4. Check the Watering Needs  
Next, I check the informational spike in the plant for the specific watering needs. If it says water-guzzler, this isn’t going to fare well at my home. “Drought-tolerant” or a water need descriptor of “low, once established” are strong contenders. Native plants are also a good bet. I expertly pull out my cell phone to look specific plants up on the UGA Extension Office website. They conveniently maintain a list of native plants that I at first find helpful. But to the other apathetic gardeners, be forewarned. If you look too long at these lists, you can quickly be overwhelmed with so much information.  Go to the site, find the info you need, then close it down.

#5. Mulch Madness  

Good Gardeners say adding a soil conditioner to the clay is very helpful for the growth of new plants.  On good gardening days, I remember to include this step. The one I ALWAYS remember is to top off the fresh plantings with a layer of mulch. Why? Because the mulch helps to maintain water moisture in the soil. When mulch is combined with a properly executed Tip #2, you create a moment of watering-free nirvana. Another bonus: the mulch acts to suppress weed growth. As you can imagine, I don’t have much interest in weeding. I am prone to wait and see if the weed produces a pretty flower. If so, it isn’t a weed, but rather a gift to the garden.

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My mint after three years. I consider the fact there is any growing at all to be a success, as well as a testament to the mint’s will to live. The other herbs put in for my cocktail garden were quitters.

This apathetic gardeners wishes she could tell you she put together this “helpful” blog while sipping on a refreshing mint julep made with home grown mint from her cocktail garden. Unfortunately, this is not the case. My lack of gardening skills makes it difficult for me to even grow mint, which I am told is an invasive species best grown in a pot to contain its wildness.  The pitiful image to the right shows a pot is not necessary for my mint.  I think its failure to thrive is not due to the constitution of mint as an herb, but because this was one of those times I may have forgotten to mix in garden soil.

My final advice to you is to take my tips and be sure to mix them with advice from Good Gardeners.  Without too much effort, you will have the yard I dream of.

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I am attempting to put in a dry creek bed to break up the mulch look.

 

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Score! A neighbor put a bench out for trash and it now sits proudly in my yard.

 

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The “grass-like area” use to be all mulch, but rain runoff washed some away. This inspired my dry creek bed. That and the desire to get rid of my grass.

 

The First Classic City Sprinkler Spruce Up at Clarke Central High School

This week’s blog is written by Marilyn Hall, Water Conservation Coordinator for Athens-Clarke County.

A couple of years ago I watched as Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs, went through the Ultimate Sprinkler Spruce Up.  The University replaced the old water-wasting irrigation cannon with an efficient system of watering zones and computerized flow meters.  With a price tag of about $200,000, it was a lot more than just a “Sprinkler Spruce Up”.  An actual Sprinkler Spruce Up should be done annually, is simple, and not expensive. There are four steps to a Sprinkler Spruce Up:  Inspect, Connect, Direct, and Select.   This is what we did at the Clarke Central High School Baseball field for this year’s Classic City Sprinkler Spruce Up.

Before getting started, I knew we needed to find an expert, so I went to the WaterSense Website and found Randy Boatenreiter of Aquatech Irrigation.  He is a local WaterSense Irrigation Professional.  Irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense can help reduce water consumption, save money, and maintain a healthy and beautiful landscape by maximizing the efficiency of an irrigation system.  Then we did all four steps of the Sprinkler Spruce Up.

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Randy Boatenreiter, a Certified WaterSense Irrigation Professional, inspects the irrigation system in the outfield of the Clarke Central High School baseball field.

Step 1 – Inspect  Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads.  Randy went over the whole system.  Most of it was in great shape.  Only a few heads had been broken or had been turned the wrong direction. The grass looked good because the Spring had been rainy.  When I commented on how nice the grass looked, Clarke Central’s Baseball Coach Tray Henson joked, “To be a coach you need a minor in Turf Management!”

Step 2 – Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes.  Randy did not find any pooling water or large wet areas.  That was good news because a leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.

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When sprinkler systems only turn on late at night, it is easy to miss water-wasting problems. These problems are found and repaired during the annual Sprinkler Spruce Up. This zone outside the baseball field was turned off completely.

Step 3 – Direct.  Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to your lawn or prized plants. Clarke Central Baseball has made some great changes to the field over the years.  They made some positive changes to the sprinkler system too, but some things went unnoticed.  This is very common when the sprinklers run at night when nobody is around to see what they are doing. Sprinklers that were not efficiently watering grass were adjusted or removed from the system entirely.

Select.  Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling. The school’s baseball field had an older, but good and reliable timer.  Randy assured us that the timer was fine and money would be better spent on a rain gage or soil moisture meter.  Randy installed a rain sensor that will shut off the sprinklers if it is raining.  He also disconnected two zones that Coach Trey said he didn’t need, and adjusted the zones that were not operating at maximum efficiency.

Conducting a Sprinkler Spruce Up is a big task at a baseball field.  It took a few hours to find and fix all the problems, but the payoff will be great.  The school will save money on their water bill and the kids will have a beautiful and safe field to play on.

Thanks to Coach Trey, and everyone at the Clarke County School System who helped us with this Classic City Sprinkler Spruce Up.

Ripple Effect Film Projects Presents

This week’s blog is updated by Laurie Loftin, original from Cecile Riker

What do movies, popcorn, a blue carpet, the “drop”-parazzi, sparkles, and water conservation have in common? They are all part of the successful Annual Ripple Effect Film Project!  This year’s event takes place on May 16 at Cine in downtown Athens.

Filmmakers of all ages were invited to submit films about water conservation and stewardship.  The results are outstanding!  Judges were extremely impressed with the creations from the Grades K-5 division.  The spotlight shines on these budding filmmakers during the matinée hour, with a reception to begin at 2:00 and a showing at 3:00.

Another reception and viewing takes place that evening for the adult, middle & high school categories beginning at 6:00. A total of 19 original short films made it to the finalist category.  These inspired films are sure to get everyone thinking about our water resources long after the curtain falls.

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The fabulous blue carpet leading into the Lab at Cine where the reception was held.

Dress in your Oscar best and visit with friends and family at this fun-filled event.  Strut down the red and blue carpets, smile for the cameras, and pile on the toppings at the popcorn bar. These photos are a sampling of Ripple Effects gone by.

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Popcorn heaven!

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Some filmmakers stop and pose for the paparazzi.

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Someone put these girls on a poster!

Movie submissions are put into several categories including Grades 1-5, Middle/High School, and Adult/UGA. Awards are given for Best Overall Films, Films with the Best Conservation Message, Audience Choice Awards, and the new Best in Fest Award.  To add to the excitement for 2015, CASH PRIZES are to be awarded to winning films.

Last year nine films took home a coveted glass water drop, but all of the finalists did a fantastic job of informing about and celebrating water conservation. You may click on the following 2014 winning film titles to view them on YouTube.

Grades 1-5

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“It’s Not Just a Dream” filmmakers and some of their teachers with their award for Best Overall Film

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“The Wildcat Aqua Spies” filmmakers with their award for Best Conservation Message

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Producers of “A Drop of Water: Una G’ota de Agua” on stage accepting their Audience Choice Award from Marilyn Hall, ACC Water Conservation Coordinatior

Middle/High School

  • Best Overall: Agent Conserving Water and the Case of the Silent Leak produced by Colin Frick and Melanie Frick (Hilsman Middle School)
  • Best Production Quality: Water produced by Tyler Ortel (Oconee County High School)
  • Audience Choice Award: Ripple Effect 2034 produced by Annabelle Wiedower, Eleanor Matthews, Krista Reed, Mackenzie Caudill, Madeline Scott, McClain Anderson, Moriya Fernandez, Natalie Peterson, Silvia Clark, and Zoe Hicks (from Girl Scout Troop #12193)
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Colin Frick accepting the award for Best Overall Film for “Agent Conserving Water and the Case of the Silent Leak”

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Tyler Ortel and a friend

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The girls behind “Ripple Effect 2034″

Adult/UGA

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Best Overall Film winners from “Elio’s Big Drip”

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Samantha Morton accepting her award for “The Weight of Your Water”

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“Waternator” filmmaker Katie Ball and the stars of her film

The Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office would like to extend a HUGE thank-you to everyone who submitted a film! This event would be nothing without the ingenuity and creativity of all the filmmakers, and we hope you all continue to produce films (specifically about water conservation) in years to come.

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To watch a playlist of all the 2014 films, visit Lily Anne Phibian’s Youtube channel. Pictures from the event are posted on Lily’s Facebook page!  Look back to these same spots soon to see what 2015 offers to the environmental film category.