SCE forum

We invite you to participate in the SCE Forum!

The Cacapon Institute would like to announce the Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum. During the SCE Forum, your school will join classmates and students from other schools in exploring one of the most complex environmental problems ever to confront the United States, saving the Chesapeake Bay from decades of pollution. This multi-week*, free, online activity engages your students to think of the many challenges the Chesapeake Bay is facing by looking at the problems and proposing solutions through different stakeholder's points of view.

For more information or to register click on the "eForum Information & Sign Up" at

Students will learn about:

  • The science that is used to understand the problems and monitor changes,
  • The "best management practices" that are used to reduce the flow of pollution from our lands to local streams, larger rivers and, eventually, the Bay,
  • The politics of seeking solutions acceptable to our diverse community, and
  • The challenge of fostering widespread public acceptance and implementation of the land use changes needed to protect our local waters and the Bay.
  • Your challenge as a class will be to propose a solution that really cleans your waters and that your community would find acceptable.

The SCE Forum has two main parts:*

  • Part 1 consists of lectures, background reading and investigation guided by the web-based lessons and activities, and is available year round.
  • Part 2 consists of a moderated internet discussion between participating students, and is open from March 3 through April 11, 2014.

Participating classes can receive technical and financial support to design and implement their own real-world best management practice projects.  See examples of watershed stewardship projects on our Hands-on Projects Webpage.

Sign-up today for the Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum. This student lead multi-week* project will help students to discover the complex problems facing current and future generations in regards to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. We welcome you to pass this information along to fellow High School teachers; the more schools and students involved the more beneficial of a discussion for the students.

*  March 3rd  - April 11th.   Flexible & self-paced schedule:  Three class periods by March 25th.  Two more class periods (or homework) by April 11th.

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