Seventy-seven students from all five elementary schools in Northfield took part in the 2019 “Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution” poster contest. This annual event gives second through fifth grade students the opportunity to learn how they can take action for cleaner water in the City of Northfield. Students demonstrate what they have learned by creating an educational poster about the importance of keeping our stormwater (rain that flows over our lawns and streets and into the storm drain) clean.
“I am happy to see so many teachers and students talking about how to keep fertilizers and grass out of the storm drains,” said Cole Johnson, Water Quality Technician for the City of Northfield. “What ends up in our storm drains flows directly into the Cannon River. So keeping stormwater clean also keeps the Cannon River clean.”
The City of Northfield works with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership to run this activity in Northfield.
Participants created an 8 ½”x11” poster to encourage residents to “Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution.” Several of the posters highlighted how simple activities like picking up litter, keeping grass and leaves out of the street, and keeping lawn fertilizers on the grass and out of the street can prevent river pollution. Many posters also shared the message that everything that goes down our Northfield storm drains dumps directly into the Cannon River.
Winners in the second and third grade contest include:
Winners in the fourth and fifth grade contest include:
Kristy Vega and Quinn Flannery, both from Sibley Elementary School received honorable mentions for their posters.
First, second and third place winners received certificates and prizes at the Northfield City Council Meeting Tuesday, May 21 at Northfield City Hall. First place winners received a year of free frozen custard from Culvers (Northfield). Second and third place winners received free rounds of bowling at Jesse James Lanes (Northfield).
A big thank you to the sponsors and all the students and teachers who participated in this year’s contest. If you’d like to see all of the winning posters, you can visit the display case at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street or visit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership website.
See winning posters
Story courtesy of Kevin Stauss, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP)