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


2022 Winners Announced

2022 Winners
2022 Winners

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who participated. 315 proposals were submitted from area high school students.

Clara Nordahl is proud to place first in the 2022 Caring for Our Watersheds contest for her proposal to advocate for passage of the 2022 California Plastic Waste Reduction Regulations (CPWRR) Initiative and a reduction in the consumption of single-use plastic. Clara plans to raise awareness and garner support for the initiative that will be voted on this November and, to that end, has designed several appealing infographics to share online through public social media platforms.  

For first place in the contest, Clara 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!