Watershed Report Card Goes Statewide

Want to know the health of the stream in your The stream health assessment project typifies the learning backyard? Howard County public schools and partners can help with that.

HCPSS’ Watershed Report Card initiative, a countywide high school report to officials that presents students’ findings from a yearlong study of streams and watersheds, is growing. More Howard County teachers continue to join the project, and 1,600 students—twice as many compared to the inaugural year—are set to participate this school year. What’s more, the Howard County Conservancy, with HCPSS support, has welcomed other school systems into the project to present a statewide Watershed Report Card to elected officials at the State House this coming spring.

HCPSS high school biology students already have a strong record of contributing to environmental science through the Watershed Report Card. Unveiled at last year’s summit was an improved stream survey tool, the Biological Assessment: Macroinvertebrate Survey tool, which HCPSS students created in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for use by student and citizen scientists.

The stream health assessment project typifies the learning activities that characterize the HCPSS secondary science curriculum, in which students discover and develop a deep understanding of scientific principles by modeling the practices of professional scientists.

The Watershed Report Card project is a collaboration between HCPSS and the Howard County Conservancy, and is supported by NOAA B-WET, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

To learn more about the students’ stream survey tool, visit http://hcpssne.ws/29pOvRj.