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LIRPC Launches the 2nd Annual Long Island Water Quality STEAM Challenge!

January 18, 2021 @ 12:15 am – February 1, 2021 @ 11:45 pm

LIRPC Launches the 2nd Annual Long Island Water Quality STEAM Challenge! 

Help Cultivate and Brainstorm Ways to Better Long Island through the Reduction of Nitrogen Pollution 

What: STEAM Competition – Certificates of Recognition for all Participants, Winners will be Honored

Who:   Long Island Students Grades 6-12

When: Letters of Interest due February 1, 2021

The second-annual STEAM challenge — known as the Long Island Water Quality Challenge — empowers middle school and high school students to design projects that can reduce nitrogen pollution on their school grounds. In Nassau and Suffolk counties, excess nitrogen from aging residential septic systems, fertilizer, storm water runoff, and other sources has deteriorated the quality of surface and groundwater.

The challenge was created by LINAP, a multi-year effort to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Long Island ground and surface waters. LINAP is overseen by LIRPC, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The challenge is perfect for students working collaboratively in-person or remotely, enabling anyone to participate despite the pandemic—and giving teachers comfort knowing that no matter how this school year evolves, the program easily adjusts.

The Request for Expressions of Interest can be downloaded here.

For more information go to, email or call 516-571-7613.

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