A Sewer Runs Through It: A History of the River des Peres

The River des Peres was once a lovely, free flowing stream. Today, it is a concrete lined drainage system. How and why did it change? Learn the history of the river and then investigate non point source pollution with your students.
Appropriate for grades 5 though 12.
Learning Objectives Students will:
Develop mapping skills and will observe how rain water flows
Calculate the amount of runoff caused by impervious surfaces
Observe how non pollutants are washed out of the ground
Observe the health of a river or stream
Develop and present a community storm water education plan
Consider why people settled and traveled where they did
Think about how streets and areas were named