2022 River Watch Forum

Together Again; Your Watershed, Your Community, Your Forum

The 27th Annual River Watch Forum was held March 30th, 2022 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND for the first time since 2019. Hank Kohler kicked the day off by recounting his journeys to Hudson Bay in 1979 and to the Gulf of Mexico in 2021 – both from the same lake!
Throughout the day, students learned from three different natural resource professionals who spoke about their careers and how they interact with water.

River Watch Teams competed against each other in this year’s assignment by hosting a River Watch event in their community. Each project was judged on marketing materials, a video summary, and a written report detailing planning, hosting, and evaluating their event.

2022 Judges’ Choice: 1st


The Minto River Watch team held an escape room for the adult members in their community. There were 4 themed rooms (Red River Watershed, River Watch, Macroinvertebrates, and Water Quality) for teams to “escape” before completing the event!

Written SummaryVideoMarketing Materials

2022 Judges’ Choice: 2nd 

Sacred Heart – East Grand Forks

Sacred Heart’s River Watch team hosted a Red River Water Mini-Festival for K-3rd graders with activities such as; Watershed Knowledge, a “Fishing” station, and a stream table demo. They even provided prizes!

Written SummaryVideoMarketing Materials

2022 Judges’ Choice: 3rd

West Fargo – Liberty Middle School

West Fargo held two events that raised awareness about pollution and basic knowledge of the Red River Basin. Their first event was a scavenger hunt around Fargo/West Fargo, then they held a River Watch Carnival during their lunch hour to get more students involved in sampling and litter control!

Written Summary/Marketing MaterialsVideo

2022 Manager’s Choice


The Hawley River Watch team held an event for the local 6th grade students. They taught them about all the fun things they do in River Watch, such as water/kayaking safety and how they collect samples on the Buffalo River!

Written SummaryVideo/Marketing Materials

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Thank you to all of our participating River Watch Teams!