Key Topics & Learning Objectives
Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions
Understanding Soil Conservation Districts- local solutions
There are more than 3,000 soil conservation districts in the US that are independent units of government responsible for carrying out natural resource protection at a local level. After the Dust Bowl Congress passed the Soil Conservation Act in the 1930s. Learn more about the local solutions for Conservation in our Community and about the Maryland Association of Conservation Districts. Many conservation practices are funded through cost share programs such as the federal programs EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) and CRP (Conservation Reserve Program).
Maryland Geological Survey- Ground Water
Groundwater is nearly the sole source of fresh drinking water on Maryland’s Coastal Plain with over 1.4 million people relying on it. In addition to surface water may towns in western and central Maryland also rely on groundwater. There are types of aquifers in different regions. Learn more at Maryland Geologic Survey.
Key Learning Objectives for Maryland (adapted from NCF Envirthon Objectives)
Key Topic 1: Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function
Key Topic 4: Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes
Key Topic 5: Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife
Key Topic 7: Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making
Riparian Forest Buffer Tree planting near body of water
Riparian Herbaceous Cover Grass planting near body of water