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Maryland Student Honored for Water Research
Tuesday June 27, 11:10 am ET

International Stockholm Junior Water Prize Finalists Named in United States and China

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 27 /PRNewswire/ Emily Brownlee of Prince Frederick, Md. has been named the winner of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and sponsored by ITT and the Coca Cola Company. Brownlee, a student at The Calvert High School, was recognized for her project, "A Tale of Two Oysters," which examines the controversial proposal to introduce an Asian species, Crassostrea ariakensis, into the Chesapeake Bay to counteract the decline of the region's native oyster Crassostrea virginica. The project also looks at the effect of algal blooms, which are an indicator of poor water quality, on the growth rate of native and non-native species.

"In the Chesapeake Bay, excess nutrients, typically filtered out by oysters, are generating massive dead zones as the amount of waste outstrips the declining oyster population's ability to filter the water," said Linda Kelly, Managing Director, Public Communication, Water Environment Federation. "Emily's research will be critical in identifying ways to overcome this problem, not just in the Chesapeake, but in all bodies of water facing similar declines in oyster populations."

Brownlee will receive an all expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, where she will compete against more than 30 countries for the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the most prestigious international competition to recognize students for excellence in water science research, August 20 - 26, 2006. Additionally, she was awarded $3,000 and will present her research to more than 16,000 water quality professionals at the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference this October in Dallas, Texas. Her school will receive a $1,000 grant toward enhancing water science education.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is presented each year to a high-school age student or group of students who have conducted an outstanding water- related research project focusing on topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance. The international honor is given to an individual or group who, like their co-competitors, has been awarded the top prize among national competitions. The National Country winners travel to Stockholm from as far as Israel, Australia, and Sri Lanka.

Chinese Winners:

In China, a team of three students, Wong Jie, Wang Hao and Xiao Yi, from Shanghai, were named the winners of the Fourth ITT Cup National High School Water Science and Technology Invention Contest, which is jointly sponsored by ITT and the Chinese State Environmental Protection Administration. Jie, Hao and Yi, students at Shanghai Nangyang Model high school were honored for their project, which explores potential repair technologies for the Huang Pu River. Like the U.S. winner, the students from China will travel to Stockholm, Sweden in August to compete in the international competition.

"As water resources become increasingly scarce, it has become critical that the next generation develops an interest and passion in water issues," said Bjorn von Euler, Director of Corporate Communications, ITT. "In sponsoring this award, ITT hopes to spark the interest of today's youth in preserving this valuable resource and encourage them to embark on a career that advances the study of water sciences."

The winner of the international competition will be chosen based on the quality and relevance of the student's project. HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will present the award on August 26, during a ceremony held in conjunction with the Stockholm Water Symposium. The laureate will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a crystal sculpture.

Earlier this year, ITT recognized Alyse Ritvo of Oakland, Calif. in the first ITT Award for Excellence in Student Water Journalism, a program created by ITT that honors aspiring journalists who report on water-related environmental issues, and in turn, raise awareness and encourage further exploration of solutions to global water challenges. Ritvo will join the national country winners of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize at the Stockholm Water Symposium, where she will report on her experiences and the contestants.

About the Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize aims to encourage and support high school students from around the world to take an active role in pursuing water environment research and careers. The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) administers the competition on behalf of the Stockholm Water Foundation. The international competition is sponsored globally by ITT.

In the United States, the Water Environment Federation is the National Organizer of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and ITT Industries is the National Sponsor. WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment.

About ITT

ITT Industries, Inc. supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: fluid and water management including water treatment; defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; electronic interconnects and switches; and other specialty products. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, the company generated $7.4 billion in 2005 sales. In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Industries stock is traded on the NYSE Arca, Paris, London and Frankfurt exchanges.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company and is the leading producer and marketer of soft drinks. Through the world's largest distribution system, consumers in nearly 200 countries enjoy the Company's products at a rate of more than 1 billion servings each day.

About the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy think tank that contributes to international efforts to combat the world's escalating water crisis. SIWI advocates future-oriented, knowledge-integrated water views in decision making, nationally and internationally, that lead to sustainable use of the world's water resources and sustainable development of societies.

Source: Reuters

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