Clean Waterways Art Contest

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Clean Waterways Art Contest – June 2021

We’re looking for artists of all ages to submit original pieces of art focused on any of the following environmental themes:

  • Protect Wildlife
  • Stop Litter
  • Keep Maryland Beautiful

Three winners will have their artwork painted on a storm drain at one of our parks and receive an environmental prize package valued at approximately $40 (reusable bag, reusable bottle, recycled notebook/pens, reusable straws, a parks mug, etc.), but all entries are eligible to be featured on our site or published in giveaway items for the public.

How to Enter: 

  1. Read the Rules and Restrictions
  2. Create an original design and save it as .jpg, .png, or .pdf
  3. Submit the Entry Form AND the Artwork Release Form by June 24, 2021,at 11:59 PM EDT
  4. Optional: post your design on social media and tag us at @MontgomeryParks

About the Storm Water Mural Project

If you’ve ever volunteered to clean up at a stream or creek, then you’ve seen how litter can affect our natural environment. But, how does litter enter our waterways? Most of the litter that ends up on streams comes from storm drains.

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There are storm drains all over the county’s streets, roads, and parking lots. They are built to transport storm water; however, they can also carry litter and pollution directly into waterways.

When humans litter, the forces of nature (wind, rain, gravity, or sometimes wildlife) move litter and pollution from our communities into stream valleys, the Chesapeake Bay, and then the Atlantic Ocean.

When humans litter, it affects wildlife, the environment, and human health.


Want to do something to stop litter? Help us educate the community!

This June, the Montgomery Parks Volunteer Services Office is hosting a Clean Waterways Art Contest to decorate storm drains. The goal is to use art to educate the public about the connection between our communities, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. We invite you to enter your designs and/or participate in one of our Volunteer Storm Drain Paint Days coming soon!

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For examples of previous mural designs and winners check out the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s project archive site here (this link will take you to a different website).


Contact Valeria Espinoza at or call the Stream & Park Cleanups Office at 301-495-1302.


We’d like to thank Montgomery Parks Foundation, Keep Maryland Beautiful, and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for supporting this project.

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Last Updated: June 4, 2021