Caring for our Watersheds

2017 Winners


Caring For Our Watersheds 2017 Sacramento News & Review Excerpt

Winners Announced for Youth Environmental Proposal Contest

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 Agrium and the Center for Land-Based Learning.


caring for watersheds finalists

caring for watersheds finalists

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.

caring for watersheds first place winner

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. Agrium also provides $10,000 in funding to help implement students’ ideas.

"The purpose of the contest is simple,” says Agrium Inc. 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.

Photo Credits: Photos of all finalists by Tia Gemmell.
Photo of 1st place winner (from left): Phil Mullins(Agrium), Jake Mann (1st place winner), Mary Kimball (Center for Land-Based Learning), Katie Cantrell (teacher). Photo by Melissa Uroff.

The full press release can be read here: Caring for our Watersheds 2017 Final Competition Press Release [PDF]

To schedule a media interview, please contact Beth Del Real directly at (530) 795-1544.

Special thanks to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for sponsorship of the 2016 & 2017 CFW Final Competition and Awards Banquet!

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)


Media Contacts:

Beth Del Real, Coordinator
Center for Land-Based Learning
(530) 795-1544
Email: beth@landbasedlearning.org

Lindsey Metheral, Program Advisor
Agrium Inc.
(403) 225-7782
Email: lindsey.metheral@agrium.com

For more information please visit: Caring for our Watersheds

About Agrium
Agrium Inc. is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in Australia and North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. Agrium produces and markets three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled release fertilizers and micronutrients. Agrium's strategy is to grow through incremental expansion of its existing operations and acquisitions as well as the development, commercialization and marketing of new products and international opportunities.
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