There are many different ways for students to make a positive impact on the health of their watershed and stream. Use this Stream Walk presentation to identify some common stream problems. Then, take a look at the data you gathered when assessing your stream. Is there a particular issue your students would like to address? A matching activity linking stream issues with restorative actions may help students decide what beneficial action makes the most sense for their stream. Educators can follow the steps in this presentation and activity to guide students towards taking a leadership role in planning and implementing projects.
Stewardship projects that will help solve problems identified in your stream and prevent water pollution, will also help fulfill Maryland Environmental Literacy Standard 1: Issues Investigation and Action, and earn student service learning hours. Some sample projects and ideas are included on this web page but there are many more. If you think your stream has larger issues, and may be in need of professional intervention, please review Dynamics of Stream Restoration to learn more.
If you are considering a larger stream improvement project, please contact the Watershed Assistance Collaborative. The Collaborative offers the tools, resources and outreach needed to work toward large nonpoint source pollution implementation and restoration efforts.
Streamside Forested Buffers are the trees and other plant life that grow beside streams and are critical to the health of all waterways. Buffers help stop pollution from entering waterways, stabilize stream banks, keep streams cool during the hot season, and provide food and habitat to wildlife. Read more at the Chesapeake Bay Program.
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