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District 6 students were each awarded $1,000 to implement their watershed projects!


 

First Place Winners Rachel Feinstein and Emma Lackey Congratulations to our Caring for Our Watersheds finalists!

 

This year, we presented the CFW program to over 1,000 students In the Big Thompson and Poudre Watersheds area. We received proposals from over 600 students! The top 11 proposals were selected for implementation and each received up to $1000 to implement. Seven of these projects were implemented by students from Greeley-Evans School District 6.

 

The $1,000 first place prize was awarded to Emma Lackey and Rachel Feinstein from Greeley Central High School - GCHS for their proposal called, "Got Bags."

 

Taking care of the environment requires more than simply talking about it. It calls for stewardship and a lighter footprint. As a result, Nutrien launched an environmental program for students called, “Caring for our Watersheds” (CFW).  This program takes place in the United States within Colorado, California, Ohio, Canada within Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta, and Chesapeake Bay and in Argentina.

 

CFW asks students to submit a proposal that ans2019 CFW Finalists wers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?”  Students must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with one realistic solution.  The top proposals are selected by community judges and each receive up to $1,000 of implementation funds. After implementing their projects, the top ten finalists compete for cash prize.

 

This year's finals took place on May 10th, 2019 at the Poudre Learning Center.  Finalists gave a verbal presentation to a panel of community judges where their projects were ranked from first to tenth place based on innovation, environmental impact, and the practicality of their solution. First place received $1,000 and tenth place took home $300. 

 

Nutrien is proud to work with the Poudre Learning Center to offer CFW in the Colorado area.  This contest takes place in the Big Thompson watershed and in the Cache le Poudre watershed.  CFW also matches these cash prizes to schools and awards schools an additional $10 for every proposal submitted to the contest.  Greeley Central Science Department is being awarded a total of $5,570 for student entries and matching awards.  Way to go Greeley Central!

 

The success of CFW relies on teachers, students and community volunteers. If you would like to be involved please visit www.CaringForOurWatersheds.com or contact Ivonne Morales at imorales@plcoutdoors.org

 

Special thanks to our sponsor Nutrien and our supporters: City of GreeleyCentral Colorado Water Conservancy DistrictHigh Plains Environmental Center, PLC Foundation, and PLC volunteers.

 

To learn more visit: CaringForOurWatersheds.com