A Completed Water Quality Action Plan

Research Needs:

  • What are the most important needs in your watershed?
  • What is your evidence of the need?

Watershed District said phosphorus is biggest problem. It comes from fertilizers, leaves and grass clippings, dog waste, and geese. The "Phosphorus and the Green Scum" fact sheet on-line explained why it's a problem.

Identify Your Project:

  • Exactly what will you do to meet the chosen need?
  • How will you know you have succeeded?

We'll test the soil at 15 student houses to see if lawns really need fertilizer. Then we'll stencil storm drains and make a flier to put on doors which includes the results of our soil study. We will tell 250 households how to reduce phosphorus pollution. This is an entire sub-watershed of Blue Lake. We will use a checklist to show that we have met the Graduation Standard.

Set a Time Line:

  • Brainstorm the tasks needed to do your project.
  • List these tasks in order down the left side of the Time Line. Start from the date by which you must finish the whole project. Then work backward, figuring out how long each task will take.
  • Decide Who will do What by When? Person(s)


in Charge Deadlines
10. Send photos and press release to weekly paper. Lashon, Amy April 25
9. Stencil 60 storm drains. Leaflet 250 houses. All; crew leaders April 22
8. Finish brochures. Make 250 copies. Darla, Brittany April 17
7. Design brochures. Dawn, Chang April 14
6. Analyze data from Extension service. All; Class April 13
5. Training session with Friends of the Mississippi. Josh, Leong April 10
4. Collect samples. Send to Extension service. All; Class March 7
3. Map watershed. Choose study sites. Class March 2
2. Research issue. Prepare class presentations. All March 1
1. Order soil test bags from Extension. Brittany, Bob Feb. 15


  • What books, videos, tools, equipment, busses, etc. will you need?
  • What curricula (if any) do you plan to use?
  • What people will you need help from?

Friends of the Mississippi will provide paint and stencil kits. Order soil test kits from Extension a month before soil sample collection. Need $7 per test = $105. Copies of brochures. Copies of "Phosphorus and the Green Scum" Fact Sheet. Environmental Resource Guide activity, "Too Many Nutrients." Two five-gallon aquariums, pond water, and phosphorus fertilizer.

Train/Orient New Students:
How will students get needed information and/or skills?

Friends of the Mississippi will provide training. Students will each research the issue.

Reflect on Experience:
What methods of reflection will you use: journals, discussions, skits, drawings, reports, presentations…?

Class reports. Planning discussions. Post project analysis. Final project analysis.

Evaluate Impact:
How will you measure your progress? (See Project Evaluation Form.)

Tally of households contacted. Get project feedback from Watershed District. Final project analysis paper by each student.

How will you recognize everyone's accomplishments?

Post project summary with pictures, copies of fliers, etc. in hallway by main entrance of school.

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