Lower Trent Conservation

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The Caring for Our WatershedsTM contest asks CFW-girl.jpgstudents in Grades 7, 8 and 9  to answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Students research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution.

The program rewards the students and the schools who submit the most creative, thought-provoking and innovative ideas. Implementation funding and community mentorship is available to turn the student’s ideas into realistic solutions.

The Caring for Our WatershedsTM is a joint program between Lower Trent Conservation and Agrium, Inc. The contest is open to all students in Grades 7-9 in the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region. See the Contest Details page for more contest details. 

How it works

  1. Answer the question: What can you do to improve your watershed?
  2. Compete either individually or as a team of up to 4 
  3. Research your local watershed
  4. Identify an environmental concern
  5. Come up with a realistic solution
  6. Discuss your idea with parents, teachers, friends and local experts 
  7. Submit an approximately 1,000 word proposal (plus graphics, models, pictures or videos)
  8. Entries are judged on innovation, environmental impact, comprehensive scope, research, realistic solution, written presentation and visualsCFW-water.jpg
  9. Entries must be delivered by mail or submitted online no later than January 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM
  10.   Finalists will be selected to make a five minute verbal presentation to a panel of judges
  11. Win cash rewards for yourself and your school
  12. Consider implementing your idea (funding is available)


Thank you to all of the students who participated in the 2016 contest.

The $1,000 first place prize was awarded to Emma Ellis from East Northumberland Secondary School, Brighton, for her idea entitled,“Reducing Prescription Drugs in Our Watershed”. Her proposal addressed her concern about watershed residents not disposing of their pharmaceuticals properly, choosing to throw them in the garbage or flush them down the toilet. "My project goal is to reduce the amount of prescription drugs in our watersheds through educating the public about this issue and by creating an easy way for the safe return of prescription drugs to pharmacies" explains Ellis. Check out the top finalists here.

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