Activities

Problem-Solving Activity

(15-20 minutes)

Students are assigned to small groups; each group is assigned one of the four campus watersheds. Based on their identification of the issues from the previous activity:

  1. What management strategies do you think would be best to try with this watershed? Why?
  2. For each strategy, advise on whether individual or collective action is more appropriate; whether incentives or regulations would be appropriate; and sources of funding (taxpayers, polluters, landowners, UGA, etc.)

Problem-Solving Activity II

Option A: Students are assigned to small groups; each group may be assigned one of the four campus watersheds. For the issues and/or solutions from the PowerPoint, and/or from the prior activities:

  • Develop a series of action steps to motivate the on-campus/student community to address a particular campus watershed concern
  • Develop a series of action steps to motivate the off-campus/general Athens community to address a particular campus watershed concern

Option B: Recall the first example of pollution from the PowerPoint. Students at UGA discovered leaking sewer lines that ran under Broad Street. Recall the second example of pollution from the PowerPoint. A major source of fecal coliform in our waterways is dog waste. Both of these types of pollution affect our watersheds here in Athens. Answer the following questions in small-group discussion and/or in writing.

 

  1. What is the difference between the two situations? Which is point source and which is nonpoint source?
  2. Does management of each problem involve Individual action? Collective action?
  3. Should these problems be resolved using incentives or regulation? (e.g., would you enact a law to change behavior? Why or why not?)
  4. If you do think a law is necessary, how would it motivate behavior change?
  5. (a.) Think of another source of pollution or human-induced disturbance to campus or any other rivers/streams that might best be resolved using a regulation and explain why.  (b.) Think of another source of pollution or human-induced disturbance that might best be resolved using incentives. (c.) Think of another source of pollution or human-induced disturbance that might best be resolved using other means (such as basic education) and who should provide those means.

 

Creative Activity

Draw/describe how different the ecosystems at UGA would be without the human-induced watershed impacts we see (including impervious surfaces, channelization, pollution [point and nonpoint source], and invasive species). Evidence can be an essay, artistic piece, policy, social situation, or any other appropriate assessment.

Exploration and Documentation

Students are to walk to pre-assigned regions of campus and document invasive species. Find five locations of invasive species growing on campus and identify the species, geotag the location and add to a map of campus. Discuss the following topics in a 1-2 page reflection paper. Are the invasive-exotic species growing wild or were they planted, what native species could be used instead, if invasive plants are present in a planted area or if the area is a natural area, how could the area be ecologically restored? What benefits would this have on the local environment (for birds, pollinators, reducing erosion, stream bank stabilization, etc.)?

Alternative Activity Topics: Research an additional invasive species and write how it impacts the environment.