MINERAL CITY -- The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership's (HRWRP) 10th annual Photo Contest is under way, and it promises to offer participants the inspiration that comes from seeing the restoration work within the Huff Run Watershed, as well as possible cash prizes.

Amateur photographers are encouraged to enter the contest, which ends Aug. 3. Although cash prizes will be awarded to the top three photographs, as selected by the panel of judges, the aim of the contest is to show people the progress that the Partnership has made in cleaning up Huff Run.

The Partnership continues to overcome extensive mining damage that has caused pollution to ground and surface water. As a result, more and more fish have returned to the watershed. As recently as 2008, some parts of the watershed had seen the number of fish species double. The partnership is constantly working to improve the environment in the watershed.

Entries wil be judged on aesthetic value, technical merit, and composition. They can be submitted to the

Huff Run Photo Contest, P.O. Box 55, Mineral City, OH 44656. All photos must be taken from within the Huff Run Watershed, and a hard copy that is no larger than 11 by 14 inches is required. Entries will be the property of the Partnership and will not be returned.

First place winner will be awarded $50, with second and third place being awarded $30 and $20, respectively. Outstanding photographs that do not place will be given Honorable Mentions, but no cash prize.

Winners will be announced at the Mineral City Party in the Park on Aug. 19. The photos will be displayed at the event, as well as at the Mineral City Nicole Donant Library, in the Partnership's newsletter and on its website, and within other possible publications or displays.

For information, contact Teresa Arey, Huff Run AmeriCorps member, at 330-859-1050 or visit the Partnership's website at www.huffrun.org.

The Huff Run Partnership is an active citizens' group whose mission is to restore the Huff Run Watershed by improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat through community support and involvement.

The major pollution concern in the watershed is the acid mine drainage, which is a result of the many abandoned coal mines in the area.

The HRWRP has worked with government agencies and other nonprofits to complete 14 major acid mine drainage restorations. Fish are returning to the stream because of those efforts.

The HRWRP also conducts many environmental education projects and programs.