CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS: California is open to students who live in the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Watersheds in Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Glenn, El Dorado, Placer, and  San Joaquin counties.

Students are asked to submit proposals that answer the question:

“What can you do to improve your watershed?”

  • Students will compete for $6,000
  • Participating schools and clubs are eligible for $11,000
  • Students who implement their ideas are eligible for $10,000


2017 Winners Announced

2017 Winners
2017 Winners

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who participated. Over 400 proposals were submitted from area high school students. In the final verbal competition on April 22, 2017 the top contestants presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed.

Jake Mann is proud to place first in the 2017 Caring for our Watersheds contest for his proposal to restore native vegetation on a heavily eroded section of stream bank along Secret Ravine Creek, a stream that is still host to spawning populations of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. The plantings would help to stabilize the bank and reduce excess sediment delivery to the creek, thereby protecting aquatic habitat. For first place in the contest, Jake won $1,000 for himself and $1,000 for his school, Del Oro High School.

In total, students compete for over $6,000 cash rewards and participating schools are eligible for over $11,000 cash rewards. Nutrien also provides $10,000 in funding to help implement students’ ideas.

Check out the top finalists here:
View photos of the event on Facebook here:

Thank you to the Community Partners who help make CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS a success!