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Students can win cash prizes for waterway short videos

By , Columbian staff writer

Do you know a kid in middle or high school who’s a budding videographer? Students in grades six through 12 can win $100 to $500 cash for their short videos highlighting their connection to local lakes, rivers and streams — and showing ways that we can keep that water clean.

Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington and Oregon’s Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams welcomes entries for “The River Starts Here” student video contest. Students should submit either 25 or 55 second videos by May 20 in one of these categories: clean water actions, community storytelling, videos focusing on Black people, indigenous people and people of color, and people’s choice. The winning videos will be promoted on social media and at summer “Movies in the Park” events.

“Many students today have the experience and creativity to produce impactful video content,” Clean Water Outreach Specialist Eric Lambert said. “We’re excited to provide them an opportunity to show off their skills while supporting stream health outreach efforts.”

Videos can focus on everyday actions to minimize pollution, protecting natural waterways, volunteers or organizations that support clean watersheds, cultural stories about rivers, lakes and streams, or recreational opportunities in or around local bodies of water.

Visit to see complete contest details and get more ideas about possible video topics.