The “Stormwater Stewards” program is designed to compel middle school and high school teachers and their students to become active stewards of watershed resources in order to protect herring, and eel living in the Taunton River Watershed(TRW).
This experience will serve to first provide professional development (content and pedagogy) in watershed protection and restoration; and second, to generate new, inquiry-based curriculum for students. Furthermore, participating teachers will join the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) and engage their students in daily weather through manual and automated observations within their own school districts.
The intended outcome is for students, teachers and community members to gain a better understanding of their watershed and why clean, barrier-free watersheds are so essential to healthy fisheries.
Specifically, this program aims to:
- Create a new, inquiry-based curriculum on watershed protection for middle and high school students that is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Create Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) for teachers and students that tie into the new curriculum and promote science exploration and stewardship
- Increase the number of students pursuing career paths in STEM disciplines
- Increase student involvement in local water resource and fishery habitat stewardship projects
- Conduct teacher/student educational outreach programming to local communities
- Implement a portable water quality lending lab to support school districts
- Increase teacher, student and community understanding and appreciation of the importance of clean, healthy and barrier-free watersheds to fishery resources
In 2016, The Bridgewater State University Water Shed Lab received funding for their Stormwater Stewards program through the NOAA B-WET grant.
50 glass eels caught by using eel mops. Local student are using eel mops to study eel migration.