2021 Competition Study Resources

Virtual 2021 NCF-Envirothon Nebraska


Competition Study Resources
July 25-28, 2021

Hosted by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts

The 2021 NCF-Envirothon Nebraska competition Oral Presentation (OP) scenario, supplemental resources and team OP Preliminary Judging presentation times are now available for teams to begin working on! Teams should log into the 2021 NCF-Envirothon Nebraska virtual event on Whova to download the scenario.

Rules

2021 Rules and Regulations

 

2021 Event Guide

Event Details, Tenative Agenda and More

2021 Virtual Envirothon Event Guide

2021 Event Guide (revised 6/16/21)

2021 Current Issue Study Resources

Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

*Please note that there are two sections of study resources for the Current Issue. The resources contained in this section cover broader topics related to Water Resources Management, while the second section of resources (found below under Station Learning Objectives and Resources) are more specific to Nebraska. Both sections of resources will be used for the Current Issues test and the Oral Presentation.*
Nebraska is fortunate to sit atop the Ogallala aquifer, one of the largest unconfined aquifers in the world. This natural resource provides drinking water for most of the state and has enabled Nebraska to lead the country as the #1 irrigated state, helping to sustain agriculture as the state's leading industry. Managing and protecting this resource is the responsibility of Nebraska’s unique local Natural Resources Districts (NRDs). While NRDs have maintained groundwater levels near pre-development levels, competing uses and variable supplies have placed additional management requirements on locally elected policy makers.

Students will learn the concepts of how water is managed in Nebraska, and how the local Natural Resources District system works to address integrated water management challenges.

Current Issue: Key Topics, Learning Objectives and Resources:

Click the links below to access the Learning Objectives and Resources PFD file for each Key Topic.
(Linked files may be large and take a few minutes to download depending on your connection speed)

Please note: Some resources are used for more than one Key Topic, and a copy of that resource is included with each applicable section. Please check the relevant page numbers listed on the first page for each Key Topic. If you are printing out your resources, please conserve paper by only printing each unique resource once!

1. Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.

2. Understanding the importance of water quality and quantity as a foundation in a healthy ecosystem.

3. Understanding a variety of water quality indicators in different landscapes.

4. Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes.

5. Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.

6. Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.

7. Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making.

2021 Nebraska Study Resources

Station Learning Objectives and Resources

Aquatic Ecology Station:

*Please Note: Any hyperlinks within the study resources are supplemental material ONLY. They may be used for additional information, but are not required study resources.
Station Resources

* Resource updated on 5/24/21 to include missing Key Topic #3 learning objective (#11, pg 34) and missing study resources (pg 37-79).

To view the updated pages only, click: Key Topic #3 Study Resources
Equipment
Students will need to be familiar with using the following tools:
  • Turbidity Meter
  • Secchi Disk
  • Kick Net
  • D Frame Net
  • Eckman Dredge
  • Petite Ponar Dredge
  • Hess Sampler
  • Surber Sampler

Current Issue Station:

*Please note that there are two sections of study resources for the Current Issue. The resources contained in this section are more specific to Nebraska, while the first section of resources (found near the top of this webpage) covers broader topics related to Water Resources Management. Both sections of resources will be used for the Current Issues test and the Oral Presentation.*

*Also Note: Any hyperlinks within the study resources are supplemental material ONLY. They may be used for additional information, but are not required study resources.
Equipment
Students will need to be familiar with using the following tools:
  • Soil Moisture Probe
  • Flow Meter
  • Steel Tape
  • ET Gauge
  • Piezometer

Forestry Station:

*Please Note: Any hyperlinks within the study resources are supplemental material ONLY. They may be used for additional information, but are not required study resources.
Equipment
Students will need to be familiar with using the following tools:
  • Diameter Tape
  • Clinometer
  • 10 Factor Prism
  • Log Scale
  • Log Chain
  • Tree Identification Key

Soils and Land Use Station:

*Please Note: Any hyperlinks within the study resources are supplemental material ONLY. They may be used for additional information, but are not required study resources.
Station Resources

* Resource updated on 5/6/21 to correct formatting issue.



Supplemental Resources
These optional items are not official study resources, but they may help understand major concepts better
Equipment
Students will need to be familiar with using the following tool:
  • USDA Web Soil Survey - Soil Resource Report

Wildlife Station:

*Please Note: Any hyperlinks within the study resources are supplemental material ONLY. They may be used for additional information, but are not required study resources.
Equipment
Students will need to be familiar with using the following tools:
  • Dichotomous Key
  • Field Guide
  • Identification Guide
 

Sponsors and Partners

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