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"
Your Teacher's Name
Please enter your teacher's name as follows: "Mr. Backman"
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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 1-5, how important do you think the Petaluma River was in shaping 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 likely are you to choose a career that directly works to improve the environment?
Not very likely
Multiple Choice Assessment
What is the best description of a watershed?
A place where animals live and get what they need to survive
Land that is under water for several months of the year
A man-made location where water is stored for later use
An area of land where water drains to the same place like a creek or bay
What is the area outlined in white?
Petaluma City Limit
Cotati City Limit
What are these white lines?
What is the white line on this map?
What is the outlined area on the map?
Santa Rosa City Limits
Sonoma Water District
Who were the first known people to live near the Petaluma River?
Who came up the Petaluma River in 1776 in search of a route to Bodega Bay?
The Coast Miwok
What was NOT a good commonly transported on the Petaluma River?
What was built in 1871 that began to replace Steamers on the river as the main means of transportation for goods and people?
What is the best definition of a native species?
A species whose presence in an area is natural and did not require human intervention
A species used by Native Americans
A species that cannot be grown or raised in captivity
A species that was brought somewhere by humans
If a creek has a sudden "algal bloom" it is an indicator that
The creek is a spawning ground for trout.
The creek is a healthy environment.
The creek is a restoration site and algae has been introduced into the water by people in order to improve creek biodiversity.
A pollutant may have been released into the water.
Why is the Petaluma River considered a "tidal slough?"
Large trade ships are not permitted to enter the waterway.
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.
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.
Rain water washes sediment into the river, polluting it.
The River has not been dredged recently.
11% of the Petaluma Watershed is...
Out of the following, which is the biggest contributor to Petaluma River pollution?
Homeless communities along the river.
Illegal dumping from factories.
Trash and debris.
Fertilizers and pesticides.
All the storm drains in Petaluma lead to...
the water treatment plant.
an underground storage tank.
the Petaluma River.
Select everything that is ok to flush down the toilet.
Old cleaning products
Tampons and pads
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 uses polishing wetlands to clean waste water.
It recycles waste water into drinking water.
It uses chlorine to kill algae and bacteria living in the water.
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