Caring for our Watersheds

What can you do to improve your watershed? 

The CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program (developed by Nutrien) asks students to submit a proposal that answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Students must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and draft a written proposal containing one realistic solution. Community judges select the top entries to compete for cash prizes at a final verbal competition. Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds is the delivery agent for the CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program in Saskatchewan. The program is open to students residing in Saskatchewan in Grades 7-12. Students. 

How it works 

  • Students submit an online grant-style application outlining how they would improve their local watershed. Entries are generally judged on innovation, what the environmental impact is, communication, budgets, and whether it’s realistic. Visual elements added to the proposal and being excited about your idea helps. View Full Proposal Guidelines here. 
  • The deadline to submit entries is March 8, 2024. The entries will then be judged, with the top 10 advancing to the final competition on May 11, 2024. 
  • The finalists will be vying for the grand prize of $1,000 for the student as well as a matching $1,000 for their school. There are also cash prizes for places two through 10. 
  • Up to $10,000 is also available for finalist and non-finalist entries to apply for to implement their proposal. 
Learn more by contacting our Watershed Education Coordinator or by visiting

2023 Winners Announced 

The $1,000 first-place prize was awarded to Shannen Mee from Greenall High School for their proposal called” Adopt a Body of Water”. Thank you to all of the students who participated in this contest. Over 143 entries were received in Saskatchewan this year!

Top 10 Finalists!

Final PlaceAwardStudent Name(s)Proposal NameSchool
1$1,000Shannen MeeAdopt a Body of WaterGreenall High School
2$900Cailyn LeakeA Problem in the Saskatchewan BeehiveGreenall High School
3$800Ainsley CollinsMason Bee Nest BoxesMontgomery School
4$700Elliott DiekemaGo Green; Not Blue-GreenTommy Douglas Collegiate
5$600Eli Reynolds, Wyatt Mackenzie, Dustin JohnstonBees, Schools, Plants, Helping our WatershedGreenall High School
6$500Hunter Diewold, Trey StrawfordTo Seed SaskatchewanGreenall High School
7$450Zoe Zimonick, Jaycee Unterschute, Raeesah Haque, Katelyn LeggHow a Video Game Can Save Our WatershedGreystone Heights School
8$400Evan Edwards, Kenzie PawlikClean up waste in our communitySt. Nicholas School
9$350Madhavi GaliEating GreenMontgomery School
10$300Jake RoeQR Codes on Storm DrainsMontgomery School