Instructions for students
You are being asked to participate in a continuation of the study of the watershed on the north side of the Longview Campus. You will be presented with an environmental problem to be investigated and also be involved in determining a possible solution.
The goals of this project are that you would:
- Have an increased interest in science;
- Have an increased understanding of the scientific method;
- Help investigate a practical problem and help to solve it;
- Learn a teamwork approach to science;
- Learn how to communicate scientific information;
- Learn about stream health;
- And provide a service to the community.
A potential environmental problem exists on and adjacent to the Longview Campus. The north Longview watershed begins as a tile line draining a golf course upstream. The tile outlet emerges from under a parking lot on the Longview Campus, giving rise to an intermittent stream (Little Mouse Creek) that flows across the campus, and then continues on Army Corps of Engineers property to Longview Lake, an impoundment of the Little Blue River by a Corps dam built in the 1980s.
The watershed includes areas greatly modified by human activity, including the golf course, mowed lawns, dumped materials, parking lots, and new development just to the east. In order to determine the best way to protect this watershed, a multi-year study is being conducted. Since trees generally help to protect watersheds, the hypothesis being tested is that increased woodland would contribute more leaves to the stream and improve water quality for living organisms.
At the end of the study, a report will be prepared and recommendations offered as to the best solution to preserving water quality.