Local team’s 2017-18 project involves storm-drain stenciling

    A handful of budding river and water researchers and enthusiasts also known as Crookston High School’s River Watch team competed Wednesday at the 23rd Annual River Watch Forum at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The theme for the event was “River Watch in Action!”. More than 25 students from school districts throughout the Red River Basin showcased their latest research projects.

    Accompanied by CHS science teacher and River Watch advisor Jessica Hanson, the team of Sawyer Bernd, Katherine Geist, Eliza Meyer, Anna Huck and Emily Gillette are focusing this year on increasing water stewardship in the area.

    Hanson explains:

    “The assignment for 2017-18 is to do a service learning project to increase water stewardship in our local area. Our group decided that we want to do storm drain stenciling in Crookston. We put together a project proposal that includes the benefits of our project, what we need to do to get it done, and which agencies we would need to work with in order to secure funding and support,” she said.

     “We will need to work with the City of Crookston and Public Works Department to get their support and also guidance in actually carrying out the logistics of the project,” Hanson continued. “We will also need some funds to buy stencils, paints, and various other supplies for the project and want to partner with either the City or the Red Lake Watershed District for that aspect. Since we can't do this project in the winter, our next steps will be contacting and talking with the city and the RLWD to get our next steps.”

    Hanson said the CHS River Watch team did not win any awards Wednesday. Minto, North Dakota took first place, Norman County East came in second, followed by Larimore, N.D. in third.