Conducting a Watershed Survey



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Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission


This booklet will equip your group to survey your watershed and make a record of its history and geography, land and water uses, and potential and actual pollution sources. The information gathered can be tailored to your group's goals. For example, the survey could help teachers explain how land uses affect water quality and instill in students a sense of stewardship of the watershed. The survey could also be a more in-depth community project of a science club or scout troop, with the preparation of detailed maps, thorough land use documentation, historical and current aerial photographs, and potential land uses based on current zoning. In conducting a survey, you will learn to read a topographic map, mark a watershed's boundaries, and observe and evaluate the effects of land development. You will also gain an understanding of city planning, zoning, municipal waste treatment, and environmental practices that lessen the impact of urban growth and development. This manual's appendixes contain information resources that will help you to develop your survey, such as a glossary of scientific and technical terms and Web sites of interest. This is a voluntary project, so remember to have fun while you're at it! Determine your group's objectives, and tailor your exploration accordingly using the information provided here.


40 pages; available for download at the link below.


environmental survey, watershed survey, watershed management, water pollution