San Diego County Water Authority recognizes six local students

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San Diego County Water Authority recognizes six local students
Science and Engineering Fair water projects take top honors
April 28, 2004

Six students from coastal schools received recognition from the San Diego County Water Authority at the board’s April 22 meeting for their water technology projects in the 2004 Science and Engineering Fair. Each student received a plaque and a monetary award from Bernie Rhinerson, Water Authority board chairman for his or her project.

Three Torrey Pines High School students received recognition in the Science Fair senior division. Garen Checkley received first place honors and a $300 award for his project entry, "Does it Matter What Plants Grow in California Salt Marshes?" Second place honors and a $200 award went to Andrew Trees for his project, "Which Weather Factors Have the Greatest Influence on Snow Fall Accumulation.” Evelyn Chan received third place honors and a $100 award for her project, "Effects of Ash From Local Wildfires on Phytoplankton."

In the junior division Rhinerson awarded Alan Joyce, from the Rhoades School in Rancho Santa Fe, first place honors, a $300 award and plaque from the Water Authority board for his project entitled “Effects of Runoff on Bacterial Levels of Escondido Creek.”

Megan Lopez, from the St. Francis of Assisi School in Vista, received second place honors and $200 for her entry, “Conserving Water and Minimizing Nitrogen Pollution.” Bryce Altona, from Marston Junior High School in San Diego, received third place honors and $100 for his entry, “Storm Drain Dangers.”

The Water Authority, one of 14 science fair sponsors, annually recognizes six student projects related to water technology.

The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water from the Colorado River and Northern California. The Water Authority works through its 23 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to support the region’s $130 billion economy and the quality of life of 3 million residents.


Three Torrey Pines High School Students were among five Science Fair award winners honored at the San Diego County Water Authority’s April board meeting. From left: Evelyn Chan, Torrey Pines HS; Megan Lopez, St. Francis of Assisi School; Garen Checkley, Torrey Pines HS; Bryce Altona, Marston Jr. High and Andrew Trees, Torrey Pines HS. (Missing Alan Joyce)

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