Caring for our Watersheds

Caring for our Watersheds

April 29, 2013 14:25 ET

Youth Winners Selected in Environmental Contest

BRIGHTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 29, 2013) - Students from Campbellford, Warkworth and Brighton clearly care about the health of the watersheds they live in. The students participated in an environmental contest, Caring for our Watersheds ™ by submitting their ideas on how to solve a local environmental issue. The contest wrapped up last night at Timber Ridge Golf Course near Brighton, ON when six team finalists competed to win the $1,000 first place prize.

The Grades 8 and 9 students answered the question, "What can you do to improve your watershed?" Students researched their local watershed, identified an environmental concern and came up with a realistic solution.

Students competed for a total of $4,500 in prizes and participating schools were eligible for matching cash rewards.

Tyler Brown from East Northumberland Secondary School placed first for his idea to place dog waste bag dispensers with biodegradable bags in convenient public locations to encourage dog owners to pick up dog waste and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.

Participating schools included Kent and Percy Centennial Public Schools, St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School and East Northumberland Secondary School.

An additional $10,000 in funding will also be available to help the students implement their ideas. "We encourage all of the students that participated this year to implement their ideas," says LTC CAO Glenda Rodgers. "Their creative solutions to environmental issues help ensure a better environment for us all."

Caring for our Watersheds was initiated by Agrium Inc., a global producer and retailer of agricultural nutrients and services. The company launched the environmental contest in 2007 in Alberta because it believes that taking care of the world requires more than simply talking about it - it calls for stewardship and a lighter footprint.

Judges for the final event included Brighton councilor and LTC Board member Mary Tadman; Trent Hills Deputy Mayor Bob Crate; Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Curriculum Specialist Colin Jagoe; Agrium Direct Solutions - Brighton Quality Control Jackie Somerville; and Danielle Hilts.

2013 Winners

Final Place Award Student Name(s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Tyler Brown Bag it! Trash it! East Northumberland Secondary School
2 $900 Caitlyn-Claire Tizzard & Cassidy Meier Floating Islands St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School
3 $800 Tyler Airhart, Jakob Brahaney, Isaac Dart & Caleb Nicholson Natural Snow Filter Kent Public School
4 $700 Emma Stapley, Katherine Forestell & Emily McGee Stream Buffers St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School
5 $600 Taylor Polich, Christina Venator & Brooke Seymour Tree Huggers Kent Public School
6 $500 Lane Fone, Tyler Barrons & Keller Spagnola Water Savers Kent Public School

For more information visit www.ltc.on.ca/education or www.CaringForOurWatersheds.com.

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: www.agrium.com.

About Lower Trent Conservation

Lower Trent Conservation is a community-based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources within its watershed. Lower Trent Conservation works with local communities to create a healthy, environmentally diverse watershed that improves the quality of life for residents, makes our area more appealing to visitors and new business, and helps to ensure a more vibrant regional economy. Education and outreach are critically important to Lower Trent Conservation and we continually work to engage residents in environmentally sustainable behaviours and drawing attention to conservation issues. Contact us at: www.ltc.on.ca.

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