Problem Solving Activity III

(30-60 minutes)

Students work individually on computers, but have an associated group of 4-5. This activity is best performed on laptops (students can work in pairs if not everyone has a laptop) or in a computer lab.

Part A (20-30 minutes): Explore the EPA’s Water website (links above). Look at what the EPA recommends as individual actions to protect water and what collective actions are proposed (both in the form of regulations and incentive programs).

Consider one of the human impacts to campus watersheds that have been discussed in this module. Using information and arguments from the readings, website, PowerPoint, and class discussions, answer the following questions:

  1. Which of your personal actions affect the watershed? What can you do in your personal life to mitigate those effects?
  2. When might collective actions be called for? Provide examples. If collective action is necessary, is incentive or regulation more appropriate? Why?
  3. Are some human impacts unavoidable? Why or why not?
  4. How do you motivate the Athens community to mitigate or minimize the impact of this disturbance?

Part B (next class period or latter half of class): Use your computer to create a presentation of your answers to these questions to be presented to your group during the next class period (or at the end of class, depending on how long class lasts).

Replacement Native Species

Est. Time 8 minutes (32-40 minutes into class)

Students continuing working with their groups. Students should look up 5 native species that could replace the invasive exotic plant species studied above. Students should answer the following questions in their notebook about the native species.

1. What is the name of the native plant?

2. What invasive exotic plant species do you think it best replaces, and why?

3. If used on UGA’s campus, how could this native species support the health of UGA’s watersheds?

Suggested native plants for students to learn use: American Holly, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Butterfly Milkweed, Virginia Creeper. (currently no pdf of native species)

Links for Suggested Invasive Exotic Species which include images:

American Holly (Ilex opaca):

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa):

Oconee Azalea:

Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens):

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia):