Watershed project needs ideas

Students interested in the air they breathe, the water they drink and the land they live on

Students interested in the air they breathe, the water they drink and the land they live on will be keen on entering the Caring for our Watersheds contest.

Geared for grades 7 to 12 students, individuals interested in the environment can submit their ideas to the Caring for our Watersheds program for a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school. More than $15,000 in cash awards is up for grabs plus an additional $10,000 in funding is also available to help implement the contest ideas.

Making stewardship fun was easy for Kaitlin, Katie, Vickie and Melissa who became involved in the Caring for our Watersheds contest as a classroom project at St. Augustine School in Ponoka. Their idea was to create a fun and educational books series for students in grades 2 to 4 about how their actions impact the watershed and what they can do to help. The book has been published and distributed to all members of the Parkland Regional Library system, as well as through school visits by the Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA).

Agrium Inc. and the BRWA bring this international competition to Alberta. “Through the years students have provided viable answers to the question: What can you do to improve your watershed?” explains Lindsey Metheral, Agrium program advisor.

“The creativity this contest affords students is beneficial for our environment and the communities we serve,” says Nathalie Stanley with the BRWA. “Anytime we can engage and involve our younger generation in environmental conversation benefits us all. They are actively seeking ways to make our communities sustainable for future generations and we are here to help them.”

The entry deadline for students living in Alberta, north of Calgary is March 27. The top 10 finalists will be judged on May 11.

For more information visit www.CaringForOurWatersheds.com