For Students









Welcome students! We hope that you have been learning a lot this year and enjoying participating in The Confluence Project! It’s almost time for the Youth Water Summit! Has your research been going well? Have you finished your data analysis? Is your solution ready to go? Have you practiced your presentation? You will have about 5 minute to share your work and then 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges. We are excited to see what you have come up with!!

We hope you have already filled out your Summit registration form and submitted your project abstract. Check out the packing list so that you are prepared for the two-day event. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Packing and Preparation List:

  • Dress nicely for your presentation on Day 1 (think college or job interview).
  • Bring your project materials and a pen or pencil.
  • Your smart phone/camera will be useful but are not required. Remember, YOU are responsible for your belongings.
  • Pack gym clothes and shoes for afternoon activities in a small day pack that you will keep with you during Day 1.
  • Have warm layers and/or a rain jacket with you if needed
  • Pack in an overnight bag that you WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO during the day:
    • Toiletries
    • Regular clothes for Day 2
    • *This bag will be locked up, so you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Bring any medications you take.
  • Practice your presentation and make sure you satisfy all the rubric categories!! You will be great!
  • Get ready to meet students from other schools and professionals from the university, government agencies and business. We hope you’re excited!

*Remember, we are not responsible for any of your items, so please only bring things that you need and are willing to look after.

**Pack light! It makes life easier!


2 thoughts on “For Students

  1. Nick Eldredge, Drake Green
    Proposal: Keeping our Mountains Clean

    What happens in the mountains stays in the mountains: One may think that that statement is true, but that is not the case. The truth is that many actions that us humans partake in on the mountains that we love, can very much affect the way we live our lives today. We may think that if we harm nature, pollute our mountain ecosystems, or manipulate them that the problem we made will stay there. However, just as water trickles down a mountain, any pollution that happens up high will trickle back down to bite us back.

    Every action that we take has a reaction. Many of us who live in this part of the country enjoy to go up and spend our days breathing in fresh air in higher elevation. However, some of the people that do that though are very selfish, and those people go around leaving their garbage wherever, they hurt nature by riding their off road vehicles where they should not, and then some companies will even take down forests. They may not know it, but when they do things like that, people down below that mountain can be affected drastically. For example, when we had a lot of mining in our region, nobody ever stopped to think that the waste that they put into the rivers they lived by would eventually threaten the whole ecosystem of Lake Couer d’alene. The metals from the mines are now in the bottom of the lake, and if something made them rise all the life in the lake and its surrounding streams would be threatened. It would also hurt the our tourism economy.

    However, when we do take a look at our actions in higher elevation great reactions can occur. An example of that is Fish Creek and the Twin Lakes ecosystem. In that situation an owner had his cows feeding in a pasture by Fish Creek, and they were hurting it. But we came together and built a fence and added boosters to help the creek and the ecosystem was improved. There has also been much mountain reforestation in areas of St. Maries and Naples which has improved living qualities for the animals that live there.

    We propose that if we have more advertising showing the causes and effects of polluting our higher elevation environment, that it can be stopped. Also if we can get more officers to help regulate what goes on in our mountains and larger fines due to those who break the law that these problems can be stopped. What we feel the best solution is though, is education. If we can have classes with personal exchanges of knowledge on how to treat our beautiful mountain forests,and streams, that people will treat everything better. Also in the classes if the science of how pollution works was taught improvements could be made, because ultimately, it comes down to the person making the right choice that makes a difference on our community.

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