Baltimore Ecosystem Study Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2012 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Supporting the use of Micro Storm Water Management Facilities in Secondary Education
Caplan, Bess
Co-Authors: Jocelyn Virtudes, Kenneth Belt, Alan Berkowitz

Abstract: Micro storm water management (SWM) facilities are commonly found in urbanized areas where space is limited and traditional, large-scale storm water management basins are not a feasible option for reducing storm water runoff. Micro SWM facilities often take the form of green roofs, rain gardens and barrels, swales, curb bump outs, pervious pavements, tree plantings and wetlands and are sized to treat storm water runoff from small areas in very targeted locations. These have been installed in highly urbanized areas of Baltimore City, including in and around school yards. In the summer of 2012, The Baltimore Ecosystem Study in partnership with the USDA Forest Serviceís Stormwater Science Synthesis project and the Baltimore City Public School System developed a Storm Water Educatorís Survey to gauge teacher understanding of and interest in using SWM facilities in their teaching. Teachers in school systems associated with Long Term Ecological Research sites in the United States were asked to answer the survey questions. The survey measured teachersí awareness and knowledge of SWM facilities in the communities near their schools in addition to exploring teachersí interest in using SWM facilities in their teaching. The survey responses also indicated what support teachers would need to use SWM facilities in their teaching including ways to use SWM facilities as sites for student research and monitoring. Over 50 teachers from five states responded to the survey. Responses will be used to develop materials and professional development programs to support teachers interested in using micro SWM facilities in their teaching.