Watershed Classroom Post-Assessment
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Please enter your class as follows: "8th Grade"
Your Class Subject
Please enter your class as follows: "Honors Biology" or write N/A if you are in elementary school
Your Teacher's Name
Please enter your teacher's name as follows: "Mr. Backman"
Please enter today's date
This portion of the assessment will not be scored.
On a scale of 1 to 5 how much do you enjoy having class time outside.
I really don't like having class time outside
I really like having class time outside
On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you care about the Petaluma River.
I don't care about the Petaluma River at all.
I really care about the Petaluma River
On a scale of 1 to 5, how important do you think the Petaluma River is to the history of Petaluma?
Not important at all
On a scale of 1 to 5, how likely are you to participate in Petaluma River conservation efforts like a river clean up or a creek restoration outside of class time?
I will definitely not participate.
I will definitely participate.
On a scale of 1 to 5, how interested are you in choosing a career that benefits the environment?
Not interested at all
Multiple Choice Assessment
What is the best description of a watershed?
Land that is under water for several months of the year
A man-made location where water is stored for later use
A place where animals live and get what they need to survive
An area of land where water drains to the same place like a creek or bay
What body of water represented by the letter E?
San Francisco Bay
San Pablo Bay
What is the area outlined in white?
Santa Rosa City Limit
Petaluma City Limit
What are these white lines?
What is the white line on this map?
Who were the first known people to live near the Petaluma River?
11% of the Petaluma Watershed is...
What type of boat most commonly carried goods up and down the Petaluma River in the 1850s and 60s?
What is the best definition of a native species?
A species that cannot be grown or raised in captivity
A species that was brought somewhere by humans
A species whose presence in an area is natural and did not require human intervention
A species used by Native Americans
Out of the following, which is the biggest contributor to Petaluma River pollution?
Illegal dumping from factories
Homeless communities along the river
Fertilizers and pesticides
All the storm drains in Petaluma lead to...
the water treatment plant.
an underground storage tank.
the Petaluma River.
What makes the Petaluma water recycling facility different from most waste water treatment facilities?
100% of the water processed at the facility is reused by the City of Petaluma.
It recycles waste water into drinking water.
It uses chlorine to kill algae and bacteria living in the water.
It uses polishing wetlands to clean waste water.
Select everything that is ok to flush down the toilet:
Tampons and pads
Old cleaning products
Why is the Petaluma River actually considered to be a "Tidal Slough?"
Gravel, sediment and mud must be added to the river bottom in order to prevent the waterway from becoming a lake.
The waterway is part of a wetland environment which experiences increases and decreases in water depth due to ocean tides.
Organisms in San Pablo Bay can be found living in the deepest parts of the waterway.
Large trade ships are not permitted to enter the waterway.
What explains the Petaluma River's cloudy, brown color?
Ocean tides bring in silt and mud from San Pablo Bay.
The river contains a high concentration of brown algae.
The River has not been dredged recently.
Rain water washes sediment into the river, polluting it.
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