Suisun Marsh Watershed Education Program
The Suisun Marsh Watershed Education Program engages sixth grade students in investigating, collecting, and analyzing data that serves as evidence for scientific questions regarding how human activities affect watershed health. Specifically, the program supports Next Generation Science Standards in the following ways:
- Performance Expectation: (MS-ESS3-3) Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
- Disciplinary Core Idea: (ESS3-C) Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.
- Cross Cutting Concept: Cause and effect, systems and system models
- Scientific and Engineering Practice: All eight SEP’s are utilized in this program.
Participants will leave the program understanding:
- the source of their drinking water and how they can conserve water every day and protect water quality;
- the impacts of storm water pollution on their watershed, particularly the impacts of oil, chemicals and human debris;
- the concept of a watershed and how water moves throughout the watershed;
- the reduce, reuse, recycle messaging and how these practices can lessen storm water pollution issues;
- the threats to Suisun Marsh and the solutions to those threats.
Suisun Marsh Watershed Program funding is provided by the Solano County Water Agency, Solano County, and the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District.