2018 Winners

2018 Caring for our Watersheds California Finalists
2018 Caring for our Watersheds California Finalists

Sacramento, CA – The Caring for Our Watersheds proposal writing contest challenges students to research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution.

Students with the top ten proposals of 460 that were reviewed presented their ideas to a panel of community judges. First place is $1,000 cash to the winning team and $1,000 cash to the winning team’s school. In total, over $27,000 in prize and implementation money is available to students and schools who participate in the program. Finalists were from the following high schools: Christian Brothers, Colusa, Foresthill, Lodi, Mira Loma, Pioneer, Rio Americano, River City, and Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning. Caring for Our Watersheds is joint program of Nutrien and the Center for Land-Based Learning.

1st Place Winner Nayana Venukanthan
1st Place Winner Nayana Venukanthan

Nayana Venukanthan is proud to place first in the 2018 Caring for our Watersheds contest for her proposal to  initiate a recycling drive in the community for compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. CFL bulbs contain mercury, which poses a threat to aquatic organisms, wildlife and humans. Recycling CFLs can prevent the release of mercury into the environment and allow for the reuse of the glass, metals and other materials.

For first place in the contest, Nayana won $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school, Mira Loma 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.

Each year more projects are implemented with the help of community resources and environmental organizations. Anyone who enters the contest is eligible for funding to complete his/ her project.  “Seeing students implement their projects is truly impressive. Caring for Our Watersheds not only encourages youth-led ideas, but helps make them happen,” says Beth Del Real of Center for Land-Based Learning.

To schedule a media interview, please contact Beth Del Real directly at 530.795.1544.

Final Place Award Team Members Proposal Name School
1st $1000 Nayana Venukanthan Shedding New Light On Our Watershed: CFL Recycling Drive Mira Loma High School
2nd $900 Dylan O’Ryan, Hayley Hower Innovative French Drain Used to Decrease Stormwater Pollution Lodi High School
3rd $800 Maite Orpustan Conserving Natural Resources – Video for Education Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning
4th $700 Cole Moore Trailhead Fire American River Repair Foresthill High School
5th $600 Aya Harel Toilet Leak Detection Mira Loma High School
6th $500 Evan Recanzone Native Drought Resistant Landscaping on Campus Christian Brothers High School
7th $450 Anna Swanson Bird Boxes in Arden Park Rio Americano High School
8th $400 Sonya Shifrin Watershed Children’s Book River City High School
9th $350 Kayley Amen, Alyssa Davis, Scarlett Stein, Kaitlin Schoch Bee Garden Pioneer High School
10th $300 Cade Roper Bat Boxes in Agriculture Colusa High School

2017 Winners

1st Place Winner Jake Mann
1st Place Winner Jake Mann

Sacramento, CA – The Caring for Our Watersheds proposal writing contest challenges students to research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution. Students with the top ten proposals of nearly 400 that were reviewed presented their ideas to a panel of community judges. First place is $1,000 cash to the winning team and $1,000 cash to the winning team’s school. In total, over $27,000 in prize and implementation money is available to students and schools who participate in the program. Finalists were from the following high schools: Colusa, Del Oro, Foresthill, Mira Loma, Pioneer, Rio Americano, and Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning. Caring for Our Watersheds is joint program of Nutrien and the Center for Land-Based Learning.

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.

“The purpose of the contest is simple,” says Nutrien program advisor Lindsey Metheral. “Our goal is to encourage students to learn about their local watershed and be inspired to make improvements to the land, air and water. With community and school support, we have seen the creativity and determination students have for protecting and preserving the environment. It’s inspiring when they turn their ideas into reality.”

Each year more projects are implemented with the help of community resources and environmental organizations. Anyone who enters the contest is eligible for funding to complete his/ her project. “Seeing students implement their projects is truly impressive. Caring for Our Watersheds not only encourages youth-led ideas, but helps make them happen,” says Beth Del Real of Center for Land-Based Learning.

To schedule a media interview, please contact Beth Del Real directly at 530.795.1544.

Final Results (below)

Final Place Award Team Members Proposal Name School
1st $1000 Jake Mann Secret Ravine Erosion Control Del Oro High School
2nd $900 Jacy Uhler Parking Lot Bioswales Del Oro High School
3rd $800 Adrianna Abele Combat Colony Collapse: Establishing Bee Habitats Colusa High School
4th $700 Grace Sanders, Jenna Freeland, Luke Godon, Maya Hope Stop the Bark Beetle Infestation! Foresthill High School
5th $600 Madelyn Wordelman, Bridget Pelzman, Brandon Stellina, Fox Del Papa Down the Drain Foresthill High School
6th $500 Mia Belluomini Global Worming Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning
7th $450 Reese Farrell Battery Recycling Mira Loma High School
8th $400 Sai Kambampati Protecting Purple Martins Mira Loma High School
9th $350 Jennifer Su, Elie Wu

Grady Flamm

Keep Water in the Bank Rio Americano High School
10th $300 Yeimi Navas

Madelyn Wagner

Native Plant/ Rain garden Pioneer High School

2016 Winners

1st place winner Taylor Lowery
1st place winner Taylor Lowery

2016 Winners
2016 Winners

Sacramento, CA – The Caring for Our Watersheds proposal writing contest challenges students to research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution.

Students with the top ten proposals of over 400 that were reviewed presented their ideas to a panel of community judges. First place is $1,000 cash to the winning team and $1,000 cash to the winning team’s school. In total, over $27,000 in prize and implementation money is available to students and schools who participate in the program. Finalists were from the following high schools: Colusa, Florin, Foresthill, George Washington Carver, Mira Loma, Rio Americano, Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning, and Valley. Caring for Our Watersheds is a joint program of Nutrien and the Center for Land-Based Learning.

Taylor Lowery is proud to place first in the 2016 Caring for our Watersheds contest for her proposal to plant native vegetation along a bare area of her school’s cross-country course to reduce erosion and sediment delivery to Owl Creek. Excess sediment can degrade stream habitat.  Her plantings will stabilize soil, slow runoff and trap sediment, while providing additional wildlife habitat.

For first place in the contest, Taylor won $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school, Foresthill.  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.

“The purpose of the contest is simple,” says Nutrien program advisor Lindsey Metheral. “Our goal is to encourage students to learn about their local watershed and be inspired to make improvements to the land, air and water. With community and school support, we have seen the creativity and determination students have for protecting and preserving the environment. It’s inspiring when they turn their ideas into reality.”

Each year more projects are implemented with the help of community resources and environmental organizations. Anyone who enters the contest is eligible for funding to complete his/ her project.  “Seeing students implement their projects is truly impressive. Caring for Our Watersheds not only encourages youth-led ideas, but helps make them happen,” says Beth Del Real of Center for Land-Based Learning.

To schedule a media interview, please contact Beth Del Real directly at 530.795.1544

Final Place Award Team Members Proposal Name School
1st $1000 Taylor Lowery Sediment Barrier: Reducing Sediment Delivery to Owl Creek Foresthill High School
2nd $900 Mia Belluomini Trash-a-thon: A Fundraiser Supporting Education and the Environment Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning
3rd $800 Marjorie Miller Riparian Restoration at Mammoth Bar Foresthill High School
4th $700 Ravina Sidhu Aquaponics System for Restoration Mira Loma High School
5th $600 Tamana Gill Carpooling App for Mira Loma Mira Loma High School
6th $500 Brook Gallagher The Problem with Single Use Bottles Colusa High School
7th $450 Alyssa Gnos Art Drain George Washington Carver High School
8th $400 Noah Wallace, Jacob Gerigk, Nathan Shaldone Flushing Away Water Waste Rio Americano High School
9th $350 Hieu Khong, Hoang Tran, Dang Nguyen, Minh Tran Watershed Murals Florin High School
10th $300 Peter Fang, Vue Yang Converting Lawns into Gardens Valley High School

2015 Winners

2015 First Place Winner, Brian Shan with his teacher from Mira Loma High School
2015 First Place Winner, Brian Shan with his teacher from Mira Loma High School
2015 Winners
2015 Winners

Sacramento, CA – The Caring for Our Watersheds proposal writing contest challenges students to research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution. Students with the top ten proposals of over 395 that were reviewed presented their ideas to a panel of community judges. First place is $1,000 cash to the winning team and $1,000 cash to the winning team’s school. In total, over $27,000 in prize and implementation money is available to students and schools who participate in the program. Finalists were from the following high schools: Colusa, Christian Brothers, Da Vinci, Foresthill, George Washington Carver, Mira Loma, and Rio Americano. Caring for our Watersheds is a joint program of Nutrien and the Center for Land-Based Learning.

Brian Shan is proud to place first in the 2015 Caring for our Watersheds contest for his proposal to install aerators on faucets in his school. Faucet aerators deliver a mixture of water and air, limiting how much water is released while maintaining pressure and reducing splashing. The aerators, relatively inexpensive and easy to install, help conserve water and reduce energy use and costs.

For first place in the contest, Shan won $1,000 for himself and $1,000 for his school, Mira Loma.  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.

 

Final Place Award Team Members Proposal Name School
1st $1000 Brian Shan Faucet Aerators Mira Loma High School
2nd $900 Marjorie Miller Sediment Barrier Foresthill High School
3rd $800 Alexa Bryan Bioswales Foresthill High School
4th $700 Ashley Roman Saving the Monarch Butterfly Colusa High School
5th $600 Alexis McQueary The Benefits of Vertical Gardening in an Urban World George Washington Carver High School
6th $500 Victoria Marsh, Sophia Cook-Phillips Olivia the Otter Teaches about Water George Washington Carver High School
7th $450 Fallon McMahon Victoria Moore, Annie Vierra Paper Towels vs. Hand Dryer Christian Brothers High School
8th $400 Amarah Anwar Water Bottle Filling Stations Mira Loma High School
9th $350 Allison Farrar, Gracie Berry, Peter Carlip Removal of Invasive Plant Species DaVinci High School
10th $300 ElDar Razumeyko, Samantha Koire, Bryant Johnson H20 Saver Rio Americano High School

2014 Winners

2014 First Place Winner, Julie Fukunaga
2014 First Place Winner, Julie Fukunaga
2014 Winners
2014 Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramento, CA – Sacramento area high school students presented their proposals at the final competition of the Caring for Our Watersheds (CFW) contest – a joint program of Nutrien and the Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL). 2014 finalists were from the following high schools: Colusa, Antelope, Mira Loma, George Washington Carver, Valley, and Tokay. Over 330 proposals were received from Grades 9-12 students who answered the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Students researched their local watershed, identified an environmental concern and came up with a realistic solution. Finalists gave presentations to a panel of community judges and all received cash awards.

Julie Fukunaga is proud to place first in the 2014 Caring for our Watersheds (CFW) contest for her proposal, Autonomous Solar-Powered Boat for Algae Control, which provides an innovative alternative to using chemicals for algae-control in small water bodies.  Algal blooms are caused by overload of nitrogen and phosphates into an aquatic system. The rapid increase of algae and subsequent decay can result in hypoxic conditions and potential fish kills. Her project and device seek to address existing algae problems in more environmentally-friendly and cost effective way.

As a result of her efforts, Fukunaga won $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school, Tokay High School, for first place in the contest. . 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.

 

2014 winners collect $6,000 for themselves<br />
and $6,000 for their schools
2014 winners collect $6,000 for themselves
and $6,000 for their schools

Final Place

Award

Team Members

Proposal Name

School

1st

$1000

Julie Fukunaga

Autonomous Solar-Powered Boat for Algae Control

Tokay High School

2nd

$900

Taylor Davies

Use the Drip and Drop the Drought

Colusa High School

3rd

$800

Nicholas Moresco

Fins and Farms

Colusa High School

4th

$700

Emerald Johnson,

Zoe Phillips

Demonstrating the Benefits of Pervious Concrete

George Washington Carver High School

5th

$600

Lynnee Jacks

Rainwater Collection- Rain barrels

Antelope High School

6th

$500

Jennifer Pulido,

Gabrielle Garcia

Landscape for Water Conservation

Colusa High School

7th

$450

Emma Forester

Nurturing Native Bees

Antelope High School

8th

$400

Sabrina Sullivan

Creating a Rain Garden

Mira Loma High School

9th

$350

Dimitri Moua

Eco-Friendly Showerheads

Mira Loma High School

10th

$300

Judy Phu, Asia Xiong,

Jamilah Ahmach-Antolin

Water Conservation Education

Valley High School

2013 Winners

Thank you to all of the 2013 students, teachers and volunteers who participated. Over 280 proposals were submitted from area high school students. In the final verbal competition on April 13, 2013, the top contestants presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed.

Caring for our Watersheds: 2013 Winners
Caring for our Watersheds: 2013 Winners

Dayna Berry is proud to place first in the 2013 Caring for our Watersheds (CFW) contest for her idea to replace non-native roses around her school’s stadium with a diversity of plants native to California. The native plantings, adapted to the local climate, would not require long-term irrigation or pesticides and would also provide a habitat and food source for local birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

As a result of her efforts, Berry won $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school, Antelope High School, for first place in the contest.


Dayna Berry<br />
Antelope Highschool
Dayna Berry
Antelope Highschool

Turning ideas into realistic solutions is the key to improving our local watersheds.

Congratulations Top Ten Finalists!

Final Place Award Team Members Proposal Name School
1st $1000 Dayna Berry Removing the Thorns Antelope High School
2nd $900 Isabella Escoto, Laura Cruz, Tha Vue, Maribel Munoz Watershed Ambassadors Outreach Program Florin High School
3rd $800 Jennifer Barnes Vermicomposting Rio Americano High School
4th $700 Guadalupe Ramos, Sidney Wills Destructive Tires Colusa High School
5th $600 Ruby Dunham, Kyle Cervantes An Alternate Rodenticide Colusa High School
6th $500 Stephanie Coker-Putman Creek Education and Clean-Up Antelope High School
7th $450 Tavneet Kaur Gill The Effects of Commercial Soap on Our Watershed Antelope High School
8th $400 Nekayla Smith, Justine Cortez, Daschneel Naicker School Composting Valley High School
9th $350 Preethi Raju Goodbye Invasive Species Mira Loma High School
10th $300 Scott Sturges, Dominic Tullo, Ty Patrick Habitat Restoration and Wood Duck Conservation Christian Brothers High School

Thank you participating students and teachers!

The Center for Land-Based Learning hosts this contest in California. If you are interested in participating in or supporting the next contest, contact us at (530)795-1544.

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