Students are assigned to small groups; each group is assigned one of the four campus watersheds. Referring to the Watershed Management Plan, the PowerPoint, background readings, and the video, groups will assess their watershed regarding pollution, and answer the following questions:
Rubric: For question 1 look for answers that include sediment, toxic chemicals such as pesticides and heavy metals, nutrients such as fertilizers, stormwater runoff, fecal coliform from leaking sewer pipes or animal waste and evidence such as results of water quality monitoring and visual assessments. For question 2 look for answers such as leaking sewer lines, pet waste, car oil tanks, construction runoff, etc.
Writing Prompt: How can the urban environment (UGA campus, your yard, downtown Athens, and shopping centers around the loop) influence the spread of exotic-species and/or help maintain biodiversity and pollinators like bees and butterflies?
Length: 1 page
Additional activity: Ask student to sit for 30 minutes in one outdoor location before they begin their writing assignment.