The Potomac Highlands Watershed School
Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum
Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum Student Pre-Survey
School (choose one):
Buffalo Gap HS
East Hardy HS
Frank W. Cox HS
Gonzaga College HS
Hampshire High School
Horizons 4H Club
James Wood HS - Fordyce
James Wood HS - McDonald
James Wood HS - Takarsh
Luray HS - Judd
Massanutten Regional Governors HS
Mount de Sales Academy
North Harford HS
Page County HS
Paw Paw School
Southern Columbia HS
Class code (your teacher makes this code up):
In this section of the survey please
select the answer that best reflects your attitudes.
1. In regard to the Chesapeake Bay's problems, I think we:
a. have a very good
understanding of the water quality science and now we just need
to focus on cleaning up the Bay.
need to learn more about the water quality science, but we know
enough to start cleaning up the Bay.
c. don’t know nearly
enough about the water quality science so we should wait before
starting any costly cleanup projects.
In my opinion, private citizens ________________ play an
important role in shaping government policy. (fill in the blank)
I see the conservation field as a potential source of future
a. very much so
b. a little
c. not at all
d. never considered it before/don’t know
Watershed conservation issues affect me personally.
I can do things in my life that will help clean up the
c. not really
I consider myself well informed on conservation issues.
In this section of the survey please
select the best answer.
Please choose only one unless otherwise indicated.
A watershed is:
a. a stream, river, or lake and its banks.
b. the area of land that drains to a stream or river.
c. the entire length of a stream or river.
How big is the Chesapeake Bay watershed:
a. 64,000 square miles
b. 500 squares miles
c. 20,000 acres
d. I have no idea
There are two main categories of pollution that concern the
Chesapeake Bay, non point source and point source
pollution? Do you know which category each of the
following belong in?
a. Manure in a field that washes into a stream.
2. Non Point
b. The outflow water that flows into a stream from a
sewage treatment plant.
2. Non Point
c. Oil that drips onto the road from your car and then washes
into a stream.
d. The fertilizer you use on your lawn that wash into a
Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, occur naturally in
soil, water and the atmosphere, and are required for the growth
11. The Chesapeake Bay Program has decided that
controlling two kinds of pollution are most important in their
effort to clean up the Bay.
a. Oil and pesticides
b. Nutrients and sediment
c. Litter and dumping (especially plastics and appliances)
How does the Chesapeake Bay Program use water quality models
(pick all that apply)?
a. They display them in their buildings to see where the rivers and
b. They use them to better understand large scale processes that
are difficult to measure directly.
c. They use them to manage a wide range of
data inputs and make predictions about the future.
to see the terrain from north, south, east,
13. Fertilizers are always a major source of pollution,
even when used carefully.
There are two main ways to measure pollution in a body of water
- concentration and load. The next two questions ask about
In water quality science, “concentration” refers to:
studying a subject closely.
thick the water is.
amount of a chemical in a volume of water.
bonding ability of water molecules.
Load is the total amount of a substance that
passes by some point in a certain amount of time, as in pounds
per hours or million tons per year.
16. In the Chesapeake Bay Program, “Best Management
a. methods used to prevent or reduce the pollution resulting from
b. methods used to make the best profit at the least expense.
c. the practice of managing your work force the best.
The word “riparian” refers to:
a. The rippling caused by
water flowing over stones on a stream
b. The corridor of land along a river.
c. A technique used to stabilize stream banks.
d. The fork of two larger rivers or a
pair of rivers.
Soil and rock can be washed from the land into streams and then
be carried downstream for hundreds of miles.
Man made impervious surfaces create major pollution control
problems in developed areas. Impervious surfaces are:
a. Surfaces that cannot be destroyed with heavy equipment
- you need explosives.
b. Surfaces that water cannot penetrate.
c. Surfaces that are impregnated with non point source pollution.
What is a stakeholder?
a. A technical term scientists use
to describe a spot where samples
are taken to measure point source pollution.
b. A place marker scientists use to geographically locate
non point source pollution for follow up study.
c. A person or a group with a legitimate interest in an issue.
Sediment is considered pollution because (choose all that
a. It fills in habitat in streams where animals live.
b. It’s dirt, and dirt is pollution
because it makes things dirty.
c. Accumulations of sediment can clog waterways, making streams
more prone to flooding and requiring dredging.
d. Suspended sediment clouds the water, preventing light from
penetrating to the leaves and stems of underwater grasses.
One watershed can be nested within another watershed’s boundaries:
for example, the
Ohio River’s watershed is located within the Mississippi River
watershed. Your school is located in several watersheds. What is the
SMALLEST watershed that your school
You have completed the SCE Forum
Survey. At the conclusion of the event you will have a
chance to take the survey again. Thank you for