Rules & Scoring

Open to students in Grades 9-12 who live in the Colorado borders within the Cache la Poudre River Watershed and Big Thompson Watershed.

1. Answer the question: What can you do to improve your watershed?

2. 1-4 students per team

3. Identify an environmental concern

4. Research the concern (discuss the idea with parents, teachers, friends and local experts)

5. Identify a REALISTIC SOLUTION to address the concern

6. Explain your idea in an approximately 1,000 word proposal. Use graphics, models, pictures or videos to supplement your idea.

This isn’t an essay on what a watershed is – this is a proposal to the community on ONE solution that you have that would make an actual difference to the planet. Focus on one solution and tell us…how will it make a difference? what is the timeline? who will do the work? what will it cost? where will you get the money? Think your idea through as if you were actually going to do it….and afterwards…we just might fund it!

7. Entries are judged on: (see Scoring for details)

  • Innovation
  • Environmental Impact
  • Comprehensive Scope and Communication
  • Budget
  • Realistic Solution
  • Visuals

8. Submit your entry online or by mail. All support materials not submitted online must be sent to the local Contest Coordinator before the contest deadline.

9. The top ten projects selected will implement their idea between January and April with the available funding.

10. The ten finalists will make a 5 minute verbal presentation to a panel of judges and a public audience which summarizes and describes the implementation of their project.

11. Win awards for yourself and your school*!

* Please note: If a Home School child enters their school reward will go to a not-for-profit charity of their choice

Contest Scoring

You may download a PDF of the following Scoring Guidelines:

Contest Scoring

You may download a PDF of the following Scoring Guidelines:

Finalists “Content Score” will be added to their “Verbal Competition Score” to determine placement.