Maryland Streams – Teaching Resources
(3) Stream Corridor Assessment – Physical Features
In a stream corridor assessment, students walk along the stream and look at physical features to determine the general physical condition of the stream system and identify the location of a variety of common environmental problems within the stream’s corridors. This can also help to identify opportunities for action projects.
Potential environmental problems identified as part of the SCA survey may include: erosion, inadequate stream buffers, fish migration blockages, exposed or discharging pipes, channelized stream sections, trash dumping sites, construction in or near a stream, and unusual conditions. The survey can also be used to identify potentially healthy stream sections that may be in need of environmental protection. Using handy technology, students can take photographs of problems and upload them to the new Maryland FieldScope mapping tool. Students can upload, visualize, and analyze data using FieldScope.
- Stream Corridor Assessment Survey, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
- Stream Science: Investigating Water Quality, Macroinvertebrate Survey & Stream Habitat Assessment, (lesson materials from GreenKids program, Audubon Naturalists Society). Students conduct water quality monitoring of a local stream near their school and produce educational brochures about protecting local water quality. This site includes lessons for use before, during, and after visiting the stream.