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Students see room for improvement in Howard watershed, schoolyards

Students see room for improvement in Howard watershed, schoolyards

In its third consecutive year, the Howard County Conservancy's student-driven Watershed Report Card project showed minimal improvement to the health of the county's watershed and schoolyards, according to the grading reveal on April 25 in Woodstock.

Students from the county's 12 high schools performed a yearlong assessment of their watershed and schoolyards, studying and grading the area's health based on biological, chemical and physical factors. During Tuesday's presentation, Howard high school students presented the average schoolyard a D letter grade and graded streams with a C.

Erosion and impervious surfaces were notably concerning in schoolyards, with half of all...

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