Hurricane Harvey: When the Waters Receded, Was There More Than Just Wet Soil Left Behind?

  • Jayne Brandon, 7th Grade, Kingwood Middle School

    DRIVING QUESTION: How can we, as environmental scientists, determine the the lasting effects of polluted water on the flooded portions of the Lake Houston Watershed?

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Students will note from viewing Entry Event media,  that there were many different items floating in the floodwaters during Harvey, including household cleaning products, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, etc. Students will select a representative ‘flood level’, such as 1 meter.  They will research their personal areas at home, school and businesses, and develop a list of items that are stored at or below the flood mark. Students will choose areas within the ‘Harvey footprint’, on either side of the river, to take soil, silt, and water samples for evaluation.  A representative area that was NOT flooded can be used as a control. Students will research to see if there is Historical data available for our area, and compare, then come up with a solution to help keep pollutants out of our water.

    PROJECT DESIGN OVERVIEW: Hurricane Harvey: When the Waters Receded, Was Ther More Than Just Wet Soil Left Behind?