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  Student Handout #3 – Landuse Planner Assignment

Knowledge Base
Meet with the reporter, meteorologist, and water quality analyst to discuss your responsibilities and expertise.

Experimental Design
Agree on a storm date to investigate based on the dates suggested by your teacher. Discuss the strategies you will use to collect your data. You will need strategies for:

  1. Determining the approximate percentage of shoreline that is represented by different landuses;
  2. Determining the approximate percentage of watershed area devoted to different types of landuse.

Data Collection
Print a map of the landuse in your lake’s watershed area.

Data Management and Anlaysis
Outline the watershed with a highlighter. Use two different colors to indicate lake inflows and outflows.

Identify predominant soil types in the watershed.

Interpretation of Results
Identify and rank the top 5-10 shoreline landuses and indicate the approximate percentage of shoreline for each type of use.

Identify and rank the top 10 watershed landuses and indicate the approximate percentage of watershed area dedicated to each type of use.

Reporting Results
Make sure your group reporter has the information needed for the final report.


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