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2001 Texas Envirothon

Brazoswood High School Wins First Texas Envirothon

The first Texas Envirothon was held on April 27 and 28, 2001, in Nacogdoches. First place honors went to Brazoswood High School, second place was earned by Lubbock High School, and third place went to the team from Nacogdoches High School. Brazoswood High School represented Texas in the International Canon Envirothon, which was held in Jackson, Miss. Twelve teams participated in the first competition.

The competition began on Friday morning at Camp Powers, west of Nacogdoches. The students participated in a round robin lecture and application of equipment associated with each of the five topics, including the current issue for 2001 which was urban nonpoint source pollution.

Friday afternoon the teams participated in the field test which was conducted at the Tucker Center/Forest Resources Institute at Stephen F. Austin State University. Once again, teams rotated from station to station answering questions relating to each topic. Questions involved deductive thinking combining knowledge from all five subject areas, using the appropriate field equipment, and a total team effort.

The contest also includes an oral presentation. Students were presented with information focusing on run-off and were asked to develop a comprehensive run-off plan for the SFA campus. University grounds department and city planners from City of Nacogdoches gave tours and presentations of various aspects of the resource base, then the students were "locked up" with supervision for four hours to work on their presentations. The presentations were given to a panel of judges on Saturday morning.

Awards are given to the top scoring teams on the field/written exam, by topic, and for the top team in the oral presentations. The winners were: Lubbock High School in the areas of aquatics with 66.7 points and oral presentation with 161.3; Brazoswood High School in the areas of forestry with 61.3 points; soils with 52.2 points, and tying with Lubbock in the current issue, and oral presentation with 161.3 points; Miami High School tied with Brazoswood High School in the area of soils; and Hallsville High School and Nacogdoches High School tied in the area of wildlife with 81.8 points.

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Sponsors

  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Arthur Temple School of Forestry/Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Environmental Institute of Houston/University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • Tyler Junior College
  • USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Texas Agricultural Extension Service
  • Texas Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Texas Forest Service
  • Texas Forestry Association

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  Learning Objectives
 

Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution-Household/Home Site

  1. Know the definitions of pollution, point source pollution, and nonpoint source pollution.
  2. Be able to describe the differences between point source pollution and nonpoint source pollution.
  3. Identify types of urban nonpoint source pollution (UNPS).
  4. Be able to cite examples of both point source and nonpoint source pollution.
  5. Identify major causes of urban nonpoint source pollution.
  6. Identify the main contaminants of both surface and groundwater.
  7. Know the definition of a watershed.
  8. Understand local watersheds impact in the problem.
  9. Identify the local, state, and federal agencies involved in monitoring and regulating UNPS.
  10. Explain measures taken to reduce specific types of UNPS.
  11. Identify what the expression "Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)" represents.
  12. State the objective of the Clean Water Act.
  13. State the process by which a pollutant is delivered to a body of water.
  14. Be able to cite major federal laws/acts concerning both NPS and UNPS
  15. Compare urban vs. rural NPS pollution
  16. Recognize the economic impact caused by UNPS
  17. Understand the impact on natural resources.

Current Issue for 2001: Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution-Household/Home Site

   Participating Schools
 
  • Brazoswood High School, Freeport
  • Buna High School, Buna
  • Gilmer High School, Gilmer
  • Hallsville High School, Hallsville
  • Hull-Daisetta High School, Daisetta
  • Longview High School, Longview
  • Lubbock High School, Lubbock
  • Magnolia High School, Magnolia
  • Meridian High School, Meridian
  • Miami High School, Miami
  • Nacogdoches High School, Nacogdoches
  • N. Lamar High School, Paris
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  • Texas Envirothon

    Phone: 281-283-3045
    Email: reistle@uhcl.edu

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    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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