Ripple Effect Challenge

Kaylee and Rebecca are Calgary, Alberta students, and they are improving their local watershed by providing free mulch to their community. Using mulch benefits gardens while also conserving water and decreasing the use of pesticides and herbicides.

California, you’ve been challenged!


Haylee and Emelie from Greeley, Colorado took up the challenge to improve their watershed. They built a rain garden at their school because it helps decrease pollution from run-off and keeps sediment out of their water system.

What can you do to create a positive impact on your watershed Saskatchewan?



Say hi to Julia and Jasmine from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan! These girls took action in their watershed by creating Squeaky Green, an organic and Triclosan free bathroom products to reduce the levels of Triclosan in the watershed. They also offer a wonderful recipe book that teaches students the problems with Triclosan and how to make their own Squeaky Green!

Download the Squeaky Green Recipe Book

What can you do to improve your watershed Colorado?



Did you know that excessive use of pesticides can have harmful affects on your watershed? Erin from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, realized this took the challenge to improve her local watershed. She improved her watershed by creating bat boxes to lessen the bug population and to educate students about the watershed and bats within it.

What can you do to improve your watershed Alberta?



Meet Mia and Brooklyn from Ponoka, Alberta, improved their local watershed by putting up bird boxes in two of their local golf courses. The bird boxes will help attract more birds, who will help keep the insect population in check. With less insects, the golf courses won’t have to use as many pesticides, keeping them out of their watershed!

What can you do to improve your watershed Colorado?



Ana from Greeley, Colorado, improved her watershed by putting up bat boxes in her area. These bat boxes will give bats a safe place to stay. The bats will reduce the amount of insects in the area naturally, rather than having to rely on pesticides, which can make their way into the local watershed.

What can you do to improve your watershed Manitoba?



This Manitoba student is improving her watershed one fingernail at a time. Virginia, are you up to the Ripple Effect Challenge?