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Stewardship Award Winners

2018 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship First Place Award

Shristi Ramakrishnan

  • Shristi Ramakrishnan of Danbury conducted in-depth research into the use of microbeads in consumer products and the harm they cause to the environment and wildlife. She studied labels of skin products and initiated an email writing campaign to CEOs of major retailers, to the companies marketing these products, and to Danbury School Principals asking for change.  CVS responded with their efforts to remove microbead products from the stores, and Beiersdorf explained their efforts to remove microbeads from their skin care lines.  For the Danbury Public Schools, she created posters about microbeads.  In addition, she is giving a presentation to 8th graders at Broadview Middle School (She goes to Westside) about microbeads.

 

2018 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Second Place Award

Sahil Patel

  • Sahil Patel of Danbury explored and took action addressing a wide breadth of watershed stewardship issues.  His chart shows the scope, but most outstanding is his blog https://uconnfmc.wixsite.com/greenearth, the leadership he has shown in his school and community, and his ocean debris collection invention.

Organized a clean-up group at Candlewood Lake

May 5th

May 5th

Created a booth with poster for the awareness of pollution at school

May 7th

May 13th

Created a website to spread awareness of pollution

April 27th

June 2nd

Created an invention to stop water pollution around the world

May 4th

May 10th

Placed photos of the effects of pollution around the school

May 16th

May 18th

Created a buffer garden

May 1st

May 30th

Organized a clean-up group of friends to clean North Ridge

May 28th

May 28th

Fed animals native to my area

Every Day

Every Day

Water plants in the drought season

Weekly

Weekly

2018 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Third Place Award

Braedi Caraher

  • Braedi Caraher of New Fairfield took Frogwatch training to become an official frog-watcher.  Three nights a week, she visits the same pond and listens for frogs, entering data into a national database.

 

2018 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Third Place Award

Abby Riolo (Joint project with Petra Cirella)

  • Abby Riolo and Petra Cirella of Bethel created a powerpoint presentation detailing the environmental impact of a new housing development (25 acres of trees cut down, animals and helpful bacteria displaced,) then made recommendations for buffer gardens for abatement AND presented their powerpoint to the Bethel First Selectman and members of P&Z.

2018 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Third Place Award

Petra Cirella (Joint project with Abby Riolo)

  •  Petra Cirella and Abby Riolo of Bethel created a powerpoint presentation detailing the environmental impact of a new housing development (25 acres of trees cut down, animals and helpful bacteria displaced,) then made recommendations for buffer gardens for abatement AND presented their powerpoint to the Bethel First Selectman and members of P&Z.

2018 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Honorable Mention Award

Mia Dannucci

  • Mia Dannucci of New Fairfield researched watershed protection and wrote and delivered a brochure to her neighbors about ways to safeguard the local water supply.  She made a strong case for pesticide reduction and recommended alternatives such as encouraging birds and bats.