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


2018 Winners Announced

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

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who participated. Over 460 proposals were submitted from area high school students. In the final verbal competition on April 16, 2018 the top contestants presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed.

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.

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!