Caring for our Watersheds

Caring for our Watersheds

February 19, 2013 16:23 ET

Rewarding Students for Innovative Stewardship Ideas

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - Students interested in the air they breathe, the water they drink and the land they live on will be keen on entering the 2013 Caring for our Watersheds™ contest.

Geared for grade 7 to 12 students, individuals interested in the environment can submit their ideas to the Caring for our Watersheds program for a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school. Over $15,000 in cash awards are up for grabs plus an additional $10,000 in funding is also available to help implement the contest ideas.

Students from across Manitoba have been submitting clever solutions to improve the environment since 2010. Last year, Jayden Dobson and Daria Hildebrand from Thomas Greenway Middle School proposed a project focused on partnership and education. Their proposal was to create simple but effective signs identifying locations that are key drinking water areas while educating citizens about protecting our essential resources. With the help of the community the students were able to make their idea happen. Other participating communities have included Winnipeg, Gimli, Virden, Manitou and Selkirk.

Agrium Inc. (TSX and NYSE: AGU) and Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center (OHMIC) are proud to bring this international competition to Manitoba. "Through the years students have provided viable answers to the question - What can you do to improve your watershed?" explains Lindsey Metheral, Agrium Program Advisor. "It is apparent how much future generations care about watersheds, their world and their place in it."

"The creativity this contest affords students is beneficial for our environment and the communities we serve," says Nathalie Bays, OHMIC. "Anytime we can engage and involve our younger generation in environmental conversation benefits us all. They are actively seeking ways to make our communities sustainable for future generations and we are here to help them."

The entry deadline for students living in the province of Manitoba is March 8, 2013. The top 10 finalists will be judged by the community and the winners will be announced on April 20, 2013.

For more information please visit or to schedule a media interview, please contact Nathalie Bays directly at (204) 467-3308.

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. Contact us at:

About Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center:

Oak Hammock Marsh is one of North America's birding hotspots and a great destination for people of all ages. The Interpretive Centre, located in Stonewall, Manitoba, is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to foster public awareness and knowledge of the inherent values of wetlands and associated ecosystems, and to encourage public support for their conservation through innovative education and outreach programs.

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