The ENVIROTHON 2020 Current Event Topic WAS:

Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions


1. Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.

2. Understanding the importance of water quality and quantity as a foundation in a healthy ecosystem

3. Understanding a variety of water quality indicators in different landscapes.

4. Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes.

5. Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.

6. Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.

7. Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making.


    The New Mexico Envirothon was held May 8 and 9, 2020, totally on-line using Zoom video conferencing.  We had 31 students complete utilizing social distancing and electronic messaging and video conferencing.  On Friday, May 8, the six teams took the five written exams from their homes.  The written exams were emailed in the morning and were returned by the close of business.  The tests were "open book" and students could use their computers to find answers, but their time was very limited.  Exams were graded by the discipline leads over night.  Saturday, May 9th, the board and discipline leads welcomed back the 31 students, gave a briefing on the oral scenario and some final instructions before emailing the students the scenario.  

    Questions from teams were handled via email, and responses were sent back to team captains.  Two panels of judges assembled that evening to hear the teams' presentations.  Judges saw and heard the team members present as well as their required visual aids and asked follow-up questions.  Team scores were tabulated and an evening award ceremony was held to announce topic and team winners.  

    The Scat Cats from Hot Springs High School in Truth or Consequences won first place while Los Lobos from Aldo Leopold Charter School in Silver City came in second.  The four other teams:  Ringtails and Missing Lynx from T or C, Camo Chameleons from Penasco, and Earthletes from Taos ended in a virtual tie.  Only six points separated 3rd thru 6th place.  Each student was given a gift card for their hard work, dedication, commitment, and perseverance.   

    The North American Envirothon competition that was to be held in Nebraska was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.