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2021 Virtual Texas Envirothon

May 15, 2021

  • 1st Place: Richardson High School, Trinity Turtles
Area of Study Top Score School, Team
Aquatics 26/30 Richardson High School, Trinity Turtles
Forestry 28/30 Richardson High School, Trinity Turtles
Soils 20/30 Chisholm Trail High School, Crawfish Ramen
Richardson High School, Texas Rowdy Raccoons
Wildlife 21/30 Richardson High School, Trinity Turtles
Current Issue 21/30 Academy of Science & Technology, Lesser Prairie Chicken
Oral Presentation 95/100 Richardson High School, Trinity Turtles
  • Gold Sponsor: Eastman Chemical Co.
  • Silver Sponsor: LyondellBasell
  • Bronze Sponsors
      • Gulf Coast Authority
      • Texas Forestry Association Educational Fund
  • Supporters
      • Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts
      • Harris County Soil & Water Conservation District
      • NCF-Envirothon
      • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
Participating Schools

Four teams representing three Texas high schools participated in the virtual competition.

  • Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands
  • Richardson High School, Richardson
  • Chisholm Trail High School, Fort Worth

Final Scores


Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

Students will learn the concepts of how water is managed in Texas. Key topics include:

  • Understand the ability of Natural Resources Districts to implement local policy and local management to protect water users;
  • Understand administrative structures and processes for managing water uses and supplies;
  • Understand ground and surface water hydrology and connectivity;
  • Understand the economic, social and environmental impacts of projects and policy decisions.
Key Topics & Learning Objectives
  1. Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.
    • Objective 1. Knowledge of hydrologic cycle
    • Objective 2. Knowledge of groundwater and surface water interactions
    • Objective 3. How human activities effect groundwater and surface water
  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.
  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.
    • Objective 2. Understand the indicators of water health, including physical, chemical and biological properties and its role in the hydrological system.
  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.
    • Objective 2. Understanding of stream gauges and groundwater maps.
  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.
    • Objective 2. Understand best management practices that improve water quality and quantity such as improved agriculture practices, urban planning and water efficiency.
    • 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.
  6. Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.
    • Objective1. Knowledge of various conservation agencies, and how partners work together for conservation success.
  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.
    • Objective 2. Understand the delicate balance behind decision making—funding projects, social responsibility, regulatory authority.
Current Issue: Recommended Resources

Recommended Reading

Teacher Workshop Presentations
Topic Presentation & Resource Materials
Wildlife Bird Friendly Communities: A Guide to Reducing Threats to Birds in Our Region (Video)
Anna Vallery, Houston Audubon
Current Issue  Galveston Bay Report Card (Video)
Mariah Waters, Galveston Bay Foundation
Forestry Forestry (Video | PPT)
Connor Murnane & Jacey Tosh, Texas A&M Forest Service
Aquatics Aquatics (Video | PPTX)
Dr. Jenny Oakley, Environmental Institute of Houston
Current Issue  Water Resource Management (Video | PPTX)
Dr. Kathleen Garland, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Current Issue See also 2020 Teacher Workshop presentations



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    Phone: 281-283-3045

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