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2002 US SJWP WInner's Abstracts 

WEF/ITT
Stockholm Junior Water Prize
2002 Winner and Finalists

The Virginia Water Environment Association's nominee Katherine Holt of Williamsburg, Va., is the 2002 Winner of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) for her project "Cleaning the Chesapeake Bay with Oysters." Katherine won $300 and an all expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, where she will represent the United States in the International SJWP competition, August 10-16.

"The projects were extremely competitive at this year's event." commented WEF Past President and Nomination Chair Dr. Charles Sorber. "All of the students should consider themselves winners and are worthy of celebration by the WEF Member Associations that sponsored their attendance."

In addition, three finalists were announced for their outstanding papers demonstrating fine science, creativity, and innovation in research to resolve water quality issues:
  • Kathleen Schwarz, Tallahassee, Fla., "4-Chlorophenol Pollution: Is Fenton's Reaction the Answer," sponsored by the Florida Water Environment Association
  • Heather Mispagel, Athens, Ga., "Antibiotic Resistance from Sewage: Phase VI Survival of Important Pathogens Through Oxidation Pond Stages and into the Environment," sponsored by the Georgia Water Environment Association
  • Tanner Callender, Wamego, Kan.,"Nitrification Inhibition Using Benzotriazoles A Possible Environmental Recycling Method of Benzotriazoles While Inhibiting Nitrate Migration Through Agricultural Soils," sponsored by the Kansas Water Environment Association.
The National Winners competed against 30 State Winners sponsored by their WEF Member Associations to attend the first on-site competition in Dallas, Texas, hosted by the Water Environment Association of Texas. Generous financial support for the three-day program was provided by ITT Industries and The Coca-Cola Company.

"Our hope is to entice the best young minds to water environment research," explained Bjorn von Euler of ITT Industries, the International sponsor and U.S. cosponsor. "Together with WEF we are promoting the science that will help meet the water quality challenges of the future."

For more information contact:
Lorraine V. Loken
Water Environment Federation
Senior Manager Public Education
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994 USA
(703) 684-2487
fax: (703) 684-2492
email: lloken@wef.org