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How Would You Help the Bay?

River Association Writing Contest Aims at Restoration Efforts
July 11, 2011
Press Release #11-124


The Potomac River Association (PRA) and the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) invite writers of all ages to compete for the second annual Jansson Prize for Environmental Writing. This year’s contest asks writers to describe what plan they would put into effect to restore the Chesapeake Bay to health.

“We wanted a topic that writers could have fun with,” said PRA President Robert Elwood, “but we are interested to see where people focus their priorities—on the agricultural sector, on shoreline development, on stormwater control? It will give us some insight into how citizens perceive the problem and its solutions. Ultimately, it is a writing contest so we will be most attentive to the quality and clarity of the prose.”

Deadline for entries is Dec. 1, 2011. Details can be found at

The prize is named for Holger and Mary Jansson and their son, Eric, lifelong advocates of the environmental and cultural heritage of Southern Maryland. The PRA is one of the oldest environmental organizations in the country; the college’s CSD explores issues associated with democracy and liberty.

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