Current Issue


2020-2021 Issue :  Water Resource Awareness, Connections and Impacts

Released Scenario

  • Overview Document
  • 2021 Rubric
  • 2021 Scenario
    • Scenario Map
    • Results Tables
    • Additional Maps
      • Soil Map (Pages 1-4): This includes the actual soil map, legend, and map unit descriptions
      • Surficial Geology Map (Pages 4-5): This includes the CT surficial geology map and a site specific map with a legend
      • Bedrock Geology Map (pages 6-7): This includes the CT bedrock geology map and a site specific map with a legendThe surficial and bedrock geology map pages also include a link that students can follow if they want to find the map from a larger image and zoom into the site themselves. If so, we advise that they look around the Somerville area (northern part of the state).

        The purpose of these resources is similar to what is reviewed by environmental consultants during an environmental site assessment.

Study Materials

2020-2021 Current Issue List of References

We recommend these 2 videos to prepare for the introduction of the Current Issue scenario later in January. 

1: Try to solve a mystery as you use this video lesson to learn about groundwater contamination://

2: the 6-minute video from the list of DEEP resources posted in the Station Training folder, under Current Issue:

Additional Materials: 

Using Web Soil Survey, Topographic Practice 1, Topographic Practice 2, Multiple Choice Questions about Topographic maps

Project WET Lesson (Student and Advisor Materials)

Student Materials:

1. Blank community map from the Project WET lesson that we gave to the advisors. This is for students to practice plotting contaminant data and visualize the distribution throughout the mock community. It is in PDF

2. A PowerPoint presentation of a DIY demonstration of a contaminant
plume moving through sand. This demonstration was from the Project WET lesson that we gave to the advisors as well.

Advisor Materials: emailed on 1/15/2021. Please email if needed.

1. A Project WET lesson plan (PDF) that allows students to work through a scenario to determine the source of a contaminant. In this case, it is Arsenic.

2. The answer key of plotted data from the data sets provided in the PDF mentioned above. It is in a PowerPoint format. The first slide is the blank map, the second slide contains the map with data set 1 plotted, and the third slide contains the map with both data set 1 and 2 plotted.

Project WET Follow-up Lesson (Student and Advisor Materials)

The slide layout for the students and advisors is the same except that the advisors have the answers on their slides. The previous activity contained a blank and simple town map to see how contaminants can be distributed within a town. This time, we are adding a couple layers of complexity through a topographic map and a very basic soil map. This will allow students to analyze how the contaminant distribution/movement is affected by both topography and soil type. Below is the slide structure:
  1. Slide one is a topographic map with drinking water and drilled well data distributed (same values and more or less same distribution as what was provided previously).
  2. Slide two is the soil map (same values and more or less same distribution as what was provided previously).
  3. Slide three is a table that contains the information that goes with the soil map. It is meant to contain information that you can extract from Web Soil Survey (example: well drained and poorly drained soils with their corresponding symbol, name, and description).

Student Materials: Topographic and Soil Map Activity 

Advisor Materials: Emailed on 1/29/2021. Please email if needed.




2018 Teacher Workshop Presentations

Kip Kolesinskas – Farming Forward- Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Climate (PDF)

Nancy Marek- Using UAS, Temporal Signatures, RGB Imagery to Map the Distribution of Understory Invasive Species in the Temperate Deciduous Forest.  Note- large file, please download.  Give the video on the second to last page time to load, turn up sound, and enjoy!

Additional Resources

How Integrated Pest Management Helps Pollinators in Agriculture – Kim Stoner (PDF)

List of useful and relevant URLS for 2019 Oral Scenario (PDF)

Getting Started on the Farm Plan (PDF)

The Benefits and Applications of Integrating Trees into Northeast Agrilculture By Joseph Orefice, PhD (PDF)

The 2019 Current Issue was Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World

Current Issue Learning Objectives  (From NCF Envirothon)

Visit NCF Envirothon for more information and resource links.   —Articles titled “Smart Growth” and “Down to Earth” have content appropriate to this year’s national theme.  They are found by scrolling down on the “NC Magazine” page to the “Read Past Issues” box, then selecting the “Show More” box to  articles from the March 2018 issue.


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