The B-WET and Surdna programs are opportunities for GCCDS to spend time in Middle School and Junior High School classrooms teaching youth about the watershed they live in, the impact we have on our watersheds, and actions we can take to ensure healthier watersheds along the Gulf Coast.

GCCDS led several days of classes this fall focused on the water cycle, stormwater behavior in urban and rural areas, positive and negative stormwater mitigation techniques, and actions that effect the health of our stormwater runoff and watersheds. Over the course of several days we led interactive presentations and hands on experiments with the students to illustrate concepts such as: velocity, porous vs. pon-porous materials, and infiltration.  Students used interactive I-Spy modules to start the discussion about what activities and practices our municipalities, neighborhoods, and households engage in that impact our watersheds.

Students were challenged to think creatively about their own home and the way their house and yard impact their watershed.  Each student created a site diagram showing the present conditions at their homes.  These site plans were then enhanced by the students to show Best Management Practices the students and their families can implement to improve the health of the watershed.