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Lessons from the Bay. Virginia Department of Education. Raindrop to the Bay. By Kathy Woodard Presentation by LEEP: Lake Anna Environmental Education Program. Follow a raindrop’s journey…. Lessons from the Bay. Virginia Department of Education. As we…. Lake Anna.

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Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

Raindrop to the Bay

By Kathy Woodard

Presentation by LEEP: Lake Anna Environmental Education Program


Follow a raindrop’s journey…

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

As we…

Lake Anna

… from Louisa to the Bay!

Chesapeake Bay


Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

When it rains,

where does

the water go?


Downhill!

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

Downhill: this map shows elevation— tan parts mountains, then foothills, green parts closer to sea level

http://www.maps.com/explore/atlas/physical/North_America_United_States_Virginia.html


A watershed is all the land that drains into a body of water.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

So when it rains some of the water soaks into the ground (which we then pump up with our wells). The rest flows over the ground into streams, ponds, creeks, and into this river. So all this land is part of the watershed of this river.—Not this part because that flows down this way. That would be part of a different watershed.

http://www.epa.gov/win/what.html


What watershed are we a part of?

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

EPA has a great website—Surf your Watershed– we click on VA

http://www.epa.gov/surf3/locate/map2.html


Virginia Watersheds

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Virginia Department of Education

Then we click on where Louisa is…


Pamunkey River Watershed

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

Here is our local watershed- see Louisa, Lake Anna--- all creeks/streams flow to N/S Anna Rivers– which join to form the Pamunkey River

http://www.epa.gov/surf3/hucs/02080106/


Kayaking on the Pamunkey River

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

Here are some people frp, the MPRA kayaking on the Pamunkey River, and all the water in the Pamunkey comes from our local watershed.

http://www.mpra.org/celebrat.htm#gallery


Pamunkey Joins the Mattaponi River to Form the York River

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

The water doesn’t stop there. See, the yellow area is our Pamunkey Watershed. The P joins the M to form the York. So we are also part of a bigger watershed: The York Watershed.

Mattaponi

Pamunkey

York


Canoeing at the York River State Park

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

http://www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/pictures/yorkfoto


The Pamunkey Watershed is a small part of the 64,000 square miles of land that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

You can see how huge it is, here is Virginia…

http://www.mpt.org/learningworks/baytrippers/explore/forests.htm


Everyone has a Watershed Address:

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

R. Drop Cloud 9, Sky

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Louisa County Library, Parking lot, High School pond, creek behind High School, Northeast Creek Reservoir, Northeast Creek, South Anna River, Pamunkey River, York River, Chesapeake Bay


Let’s follow the path of a raindrop that falls on Brackett Farm!

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

Photos, this page, courtesy of Brackett Farm


Brackett Farm’s Watershed Address:

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Virginia Department of Education

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Brackett Farm, Bunch Creek Nolting Pond, Hudson Creek, South Anna River, Pamunkey River, York River, Chesapeake Bay


Bunch Creek…

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


…flows into Nolting Pond.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


The pond flows into Hudson Creek.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


Hudson Creek flows into the South Anna River.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


Trees slow the raindrops.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


Roots hold the soil and reduce erosion.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


Tree cover cools the water.

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


Confluence of the North Anna and South Anna Rivers

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

North Anna

South Anna

Pamunkey


Paddling the Pamunkey

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


We drive past the York River…

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

http://www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/pictures/yorkfoto


…to take the Ferry to Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay!

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


A few hours later we spot land…

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


…just barely above sealevel!

Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education


Lessons from the Bay

Virginia Department of Education

Photos byKathy WoodardBrackett Farm (farmhouse, feeding calf, Nolting Pond)URL’s cited for online maps and photos


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