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Healthy Soils: Erosion, Water, and Agricultural BMPs

Grade levels: Environmental Science, Ecology 

Topics: Human Impact

Languages: English

Interdisciplinary: No

Disciplinary Core Idea
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity 

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. 

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This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee.