Caring for Our Watersheds (CFOW) is an environmental contest for high school students. The youth submit a proposal that answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” The participants must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution. Community judges select the top entries to compete at a final competition.
All students are encouraged to implement their ideas.
CFOW was piloted from 2007-2009 in Alberta, Canada and is now offered in four location in the US: Colorado (Northern Area); District of Columbia (Washington); Virginia (Arlington area) and California (Sacramento area).
The Colorado program is open to highschool students who live in the Colorado borders within the Cache la Poudre River and Big Thompson Watersheds. Colorado sponsors are Agrium, Poudre Learning Center and Central Colorado Water Conservancy District. Students compete for cash prizes and participating schools are also eligible for cash rewards. Students in the top ten projects give an oral presentation and are ranked. These top ten also receive implementation money.
City of Greeley staff from Water, Wastewater and Stormwater have volunteered their time and energy in this worthwhile project for the last couple of years by mentoring contestants, judging and scoring project proposals and in the selection of the top ten proposals.
The final presentations were at UNC on March 2, 2012 and the 1st place winner was from Greeley-Central and proposal was for Solar Power Energy. The 6th place winner was also from Greeley Central and Northridge students took 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th prizes as well.
The new CFOW proposals will be starting this Fall. If you are interested in helping judge or volunteer, or would like more information please visit: http://www.caringforourwatersheds.com/colorado/colorado.jsp