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Winners announced for Carson River video contest

Posted 2/29/2012

Projects from student groups from three Douglas County schools honored

Students from Douglas High School, Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and Silver State Charter Schools are award winners in the annual Carson River Coalition Education Working Group’s "Keep Streamsides Greener, Keep Water Cleaner" video contest.

The winners were announced at the Carson River Film Festival Feb. 22. They were:

  • Best Use of Analogy: "Carson River — Body of Life," by Andrew Cobourn and Tanner DeGiovanni, Douglas High School
  • Most Beautiful River Scenes — "Snapshot Day," by Skylar Mattison, Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School
  • Judge’s Favorite — "Don’t Break the River Bank," by Brett Caron’s Class, Silver State Charter Schools
  • Most "Liked" on Facebook — "Carson River — Body of Life," by Andrew Cobourn and Tanner DeGiovanni, Douglas High School
  • Audience Favorite — "Don’t Break the River Bank," by Brett Caron’s Class, Silver State Charter Schools

Videos are posted at www.facebook.com/carsonriver

Winners of the "Keep Streamsides Greener, Keep Water Cleaner" competition received cash and other prizes and had their work shown at the film festival.

Students from schools located within the Carson River watershed were invited to enter this year’s competition, designed to spark creative messages about preserving, protecting and restoring the river and its sensitive shoreline.

The 1- to 3-minute information videos focus on how the Carson River benefits people and the community. All entries were required to include an "action" message that prompts people to take steps to help protect the river. The contest was sponsored by the Carson River Coalition Education Working Group.

"We’re excited to show off the entries from this year’s contest," Donaldson said. "We have some fresh approaches to issues on the Carson River."

Donaldson explained that riparian areas are sensitive ecosystems occurring along water courses or in water bodies. They have unique soil and plants, and work to store water in a way that helps reduce floods, stabilize streambanks from erosion, filter water for higher quality, provide habitat for birds, mammals and fish, and provide a place for recreation.

The working group includes the Audubon Society, Carson Water Subconservancy District, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and River Wranglers.

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