Esri Announces Winners of the Visualize Your Water Quality Challenge

High School Students Raise Awareness for Watershed Health with Story

joins the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Geological
Survey in congratulating the winners of the Visualize
Your Water Quality
high school citizen science challenge. In the
challenge, students from 13 US states used Esri geographic information
system (GIS) software and open water-quality datasets to investigate
nutrient pollution in their local watershed—raising awareness for issues
affecting areas from the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes region.

Visualize Your Water Quality is part of the White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy’s Nutrient
Sensor Challenge
. This effort builds on the Open Water Data
Initiative’s mission to make water datasets more accessible for better
management of this valuable resource. Students involved in this
challenge created story maps using Esri ArcGIS Online.

Here are the winners of this year’s Visualize Your Water Quality

“The winning story maps show that students weighed carefully various
elements in a complex issue and put serious study into making the data
intelligible,” said Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri education manager. “This
is the power of geographic thinking: thoughtful analyses of data and
careful presentations of patterns and relationships in ways that clarify
complex situations.”

The grand prize winner will be awarded $2,500 and an invitation to
attend the Esri Education Conference in San Diego, California, June
25–26, 2016. The schools winning the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes
Regional prizes will each be awarded $2,500. National Geographic has
selected a National Geographic Prize winner, who will receive a copy of
the National Geographic Atlas of the World. All six
winning visualizations will be published in Esri’s Mapping the Nation

Any US K–12 school can receive a no-cost ArcGIS
Online school account from Esri
to be used in conjunction with
President Barack Obama’s ConnectED

For more information on Esri’s education program, visit

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