We all depend on water, but what we do on our land can dramatically impact the health of our waterways. One of our region’s top water pollutants is sediment, which makes its way into our waterways through erosion on land. In this lesson, students are introduced to the impact of erosion on water by creating a model of erosion. Then, they use a case study to present reasoning for implementing a best management practice (BMP) to protect the loss of topsoil on agricultural land while maintaining benefits.
This lesson plan was originally written for Environmental Science standards. With modification, it could also work for Ecology standards.