Tatum Chase, a fourth-grader from Lake George Elementary School, has been voted as the winner of the twelfth annual Lake George Bookmark Design Contest.
She won in the 2019-2020 school year when she was in third grade.
The 2020 Bookmark Design Contest’s theme was “Stop Polluted Stormwater.”
“We wanted to introduce students to the concept of polluted stormwater, since that is the Lake’s largest water quality concern,” said Kristen Wilde, the LGA’s Director of Education.
“Polluted stormwater comes from precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground, picking up nutrients, debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants that then flow into a storm sewer system or directly into the Lake or a stream,” Kristen said.
The Bookmark Design Contest is sponsored by the Lake George Association and the Town and Village of Lake George. For the 2020 contest, because of the pandemic, entries were accepted from all students attending public, private, or home schools located within the Lake George watershed. In previous years, the contest was only open to students in grades 4-7 from schools that serve students living in the Lake George watershed.
“We loved the title of her piece, ‘Filtering Flowers Save Our Lake!’ which recognizes the import job that plants have filtering the polluted stormwater and removing the damaging nutrients,” said Emily Boucher, the LGA’s Environmental Educator.
“The LGA has a whole section on our website, www.LakeGeorgeAssociation.org, that explores different ways to mitigate the polluted stormwater problem on properties and keep Lake George healthy, but we wanted to ensure that the next generation of Lake users understands the problem and the potential solutions,” Kristen said.
“This contest is a valuable part of our education program,” said Walt Lender, the LGA’s Executive Director. “Education and outreach programs are key components to ensuring the Lake’s water quality is protected now and in the future.”
The winning bookmark will be distributed to schools and libraries, to the Lake George, Hague, Bolton and Ticonderoga visitor centers, and will be available at the offices of the Lake George Association.
Tatum received a certificate recognizing her achievement earlier in the summer.
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