A Contest for Long Island High School Students

“Solution for Pollution” will be a competition aimed at Long Island public and private high school students, who will submit concepts for reducing trash in our waterways and on our beaches. The focus will be on the Long Island Sound, with special reference to associated harbors. The goal will be to create cost-effective methods to return our waterways to a trash free sea.


The Solution for Pollution contest is continuing as an online-only competition. We have modified the schedule to give teams and individuals more time to submit; see details below. Thank you for remaining dedicated to helping our oceans even during this challenging time!

The Problem

Waterway trash pollution is both unsightly and unhealthy. Trash can contain contaminants that are toxic to marine animals and humans. Much of this trash is the result of individuals and governments assuming that the waterways that we enjoy and live near are virtually infinite sinks for refuse. We observe in the water and on beaches piles of trash comprised of plastic bags and other plastic products. It is estimated that there are 25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean.

Competition Details



Entries will be judged on originality and practicality of implementation. Both individual students and groups of students are encouraged to join in the competition. The format of the entries should include:

Submission Deadline
April 15, 2020

Awards Announcement
May 15, 2020

Awards Ceremony
June 10, 2020
  1. Cover Page — list of students involved, high school name, and name of any advisors. Include contact email address of lead student and advisor.
  2. Abstract — one paragraph summarizing the proposal.
  3. Statement of the Problem — what challenge does the proposal seek to address?
  4. Proposed Solution — what solution does proposal offer? Include marketing and implementation plans as well as success metrics.
  5. Budget — what funds might be required to actually carry out the proposed project?
  6. References

The main body of the proposal (sections 3, 4 and 5) should not exceed 5 pages. Illustrations are encouraged. Entries must be submitted as PDF documents.

Strictly a paper study —

Judging and Awards

To be considered, submissions must be received via the submission address below on or before April 15, 2020. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of scientific and industry experts. Cash awards will be given to the top three winning entries.

1st place: $600
2nd place: $300
3rd place: $150

Winners will be notified by email on May 15, 2020.

An Award Ceremony will be held at 8PM on June 10, 2020 at the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, 1 Surf Avenue, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. The Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the meeting of the USCG Auxiliary 014-22-06 Flotilla.

It is possible that the Award Ceremony will be held as an online-only event. Further information will be updated on this website and sent via email to the contact email address on all submitted entries.

Submissions and Contact

Submissions must be emailed prior to the submission deadline to:


Please contact us for additional information or clarification at: