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Author

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Engineering

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, North Jersey

Format

YouTube Video

Rebuild by Design Meadowlands Project

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Synopsis
  • This video shows how the NJ Department of Environmental Protection worked with the New Jersey Meadowlands community and other agencies to design and build infrastructure and ecological solutions to prevent flooding and improve stormwater management. 
  • Students will learn how many different solutions are integrated into watersheds in order to promote better drainage in flood-prone communities. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video will provide students with an example of multiple groups successfully working together to solve a problem.
  • Students will see that designing a solution for inland flooding was a lengthy process for the community.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concept of natural watersheds in order to understand what the engineered watershed was modeled after.
  • Students should understand the role that native plant species can play in reducing flooding, filtering water, and increasing biodiversity.

Differentiation

  • Environmental clubs and science classes could research ways to get involved in community-based environmental projects using the resources in the 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change.
  • Engineering classes could research how neighborhood watersheds can be designed for flat areas such as the Meadowlands.
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson plan and activity on natural watersheds and this Grist video that shows what Hoboken, New Jersey did to mitigate flooding.
Scientist Notes
This video demonstrates the impact of storm surges and coastal flooding in the Meadowlands. It shows the co-creation of solutions between experts and indigenous peoples to build community-response strategies for climate resilience and disaster recovery.These strategies included the application of sustainable watershed strategy, smart infrastructure, urban planning, community solidarity, green spaces, climate education and advocacy. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.1.8.CivicsPI.3.c: Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
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