Zumbrota 8th Graders are Protecting Our Streams and Lakes The 8th graders at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools were excited to learn about waves and stream erosion. Their final project became more exciting when the Goodhue SWCD brought in a stream table to demonstrate the power of water and how erosive it can be. Students learned about different practices (toe wood, stream barbs, riprap, etc.) to help stabilize our shorelines. The students designed various solutions to address stream erosion and were able to “get their hands dirty,” according to the 8 th grade teacher Cindy Jacob, and test out their ideas. Having access to the stream table allowed the students to simulate each practice and see which one helps to protect our shorelines.
To observe firsthand what can work to protect our soil, the 8th grade class took a field trip to the Covered Bridge Park in Zumbrota to see a stream restoration project completed by the City of Zumbrota and Goodhue SWCD. Tree root wads, stream barbs and native prairie restorations were installed along the shore to help protect our stream habitat and park. While visiting, students were able to also see past Z-M Environmental class contributions to the City’s and SWCD efforts