Caring for our Watersheds

Caring for our Watersheds

May 28, 2013 15:38 ET

Students Care About Our Watersheds

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - May 28, 2013) - Agrium Inc. understands that taking care of the world requires more than simply talking about it. It calls for stewardship and a lighter footprint. As a result, they launched an environmental program for Grades 7-12 students called, "Caring for our Watersheds" (CFOW).

CFOW asked students to submit an essay proposal that answers the question, "What can you do to improve your watershed?" Either individually or as a team students researched their local watershed, identified an environmental concern and came up with a realistic solution. Students are competing for over $6,000 in cash rewards and participating schools are eligible for $11,000 in cash rewards. Agrium also has funding available to help implement ideas.

Agrium partnered with Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre to offer CFOW in Manitoba. The Interpretive Centre coordinated the project and out of 120 submissions for this year, the top 12 entries have been selected.

The contest finals were held at the Interpretive Centre on Saturday April 20th where the students presented their projects orally to a panel of judges. The results determined where they placed within the top 10. This year, the finalists represented nine schools: Westwood Collegiate, Thomas Greenway Middle School, Virden Collegiate, Nellie McClungCollegiate, Lord Selkirk Regional, Transcona Collegiate, Oak Bank Community School, Hamiota Collegiate and Southwest Collegiate.

Now the real work begins as the ultimate goal is to implement the winning projects. The Interpretive Centre will work with all "It will be a great opportunity to encourage students to take action on some of their ideas on how to improve their watershed; their ideas are amazingly creative!" Nathalie Bays, Manager of Operations at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.

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