2020 Current Issue

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Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, the NYS Envirothon Committee will be hosting the 2020 event online.  If you have participated in a local/regional event & was the winning team, you will advance to the state event.
There will be no oral presentation required for the 2020 event.  The written exams will be provided with more detail given to your Adviser.
The online testing date is May 28, 2020.
Hope you are all staying safe & healthy!!!

NYS Envirothon Committee

The 2020 Envirothon Current Issue will be:

Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

We have had several questions in regards to the 2020 Oral Presentation Problem.  Here are a few helpful suggestions to help you better understand the problem:

Problem/Task:  Your team is tasked to develop a plan to address any threats to existing water sources and provide information from the (possible) impacts of a proposed land and water use change that has support from several agencies and groups.

The Scenario States:  The BC Planning Board is considering a request from the BCC Company for a 750 acre land use conversion from agriculture and forest to light industrial manufacturing.

Based on these two statements above:  The supporting information for the scenario should point you to resources that would allow you to develop a plan as you see fit to respond to the request for this land use conversion.

Key Topics & Learning Objectives

1. Understanding How Groundwater and Surface Water Systems Function.

     Objective 1: Knowledge of Hydrologic Cycle

  1. Stream Classification
  2. NY Water Classification
  3. Global Hydrologic Cycle
  4. Streamflow

    Objective 2: Knowledge of Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions

  1. Water Science Basics
  2. What is Groundwater
  3. Groundwater Basics
  4. Flowing Wells

    Objective 3: How Human Activities Effect Groundwater and Surface Water

  1. Groundwater and Surface Water: A Single Resource (USGS Circular 1139)
  2. Drinking Water Pocket Guide #3
  3. NYS Groundwater Assessment

2. Understanding the Importance of Water Quality and Quantity as a Foundation in a Healthy Ecosystem

     Objective 1: Understanding the Connection Between Groundwater and Surface Water and How They Affect Each Other

  1. Groundwater and Surface Water: A Single Resource (USGS Circular 1139)
  2. Introduction to Watershed Ecology

3. Understanding A Variety of Water Quality Indicators in Different Landscapes

     Objective 1:Knowledge of water quality impacts such as agriculture practices, urban  development, nitrates, toxic algae, etc.

  1. Water Quality and Agriculture
  2. Water for Long Island

    Objective 2: Understand the indicators of water health, including physical, chemical, and biological properties and its role in the hydrological system.

  1. Groundwater and Surface Water: A Single Resource (USGS Circulasr 1139)
  2. Water Quality Indicators

4. Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes

     Objective 1:Knowledge of water quantity impacts such as agriculture practices, urban development, and groundwater levels.

  1. Design and Methods of USGS Stream Quality Assessment
  2. Water Resources

    Objective 2: Understanding of stream gauges and groundwater maps.

  1. Groundwater and Surface Water: A Single Resource (USGS Circular 1139)
  2. Drought Forecasting for Streams and Groundwaters

5. Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.

     Objective 1: Understand the importance of moving toward sustainable practices to protect water quality and quantity.

  1. Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch

    Objective 2: Understand best management practices that improve water quality and quantity such as improved agriculture practices, urban planning, and wter efficiency.

  1. NY State Nutrient Standards Plan
  2. Quick Reference Guide to BMPs
  3. Agricultural BMPs

    Objective 3: Understand the role of technology: flow meters, observation wells, Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Surveys, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) (drones, GIS, etc.) precision agriculture, etc.

  1. Streamflow Estimator

6. Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.

     Objective 1: Knowledge of various conservation agencies including NY Soil and Water Conservation Districts and how partners work together for conservation success

  1. Non-Point Source Management Plan

7. Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making.

     Objective 1: Describe the social, economic, and political impacts of regulating water quality and quantity.

  1. NYS Water Resources Management Strategy
  2. Watershed Plans Guidebook
  3. Water Conservation and Long-term Planning

     Objective 2: Understand the delicate balance behind decision making-funding projects, social responsibility, and regulatory authority.