Module 2 - Land Use and Development


Land Use and Development (Module 2) is designed to guide students as they learn about the effects of land use decisions by residents, towns, counties and regions on soil quality, erosion and sedimentation within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Emphasis is on land use in the students’ home regions and how it affects their communities as well as the bodies of water downstream, including the Chesapeake Bay.

As with all Expedition Chesapeake educational materials, Land Use and Development introduces students to key concepts through real-life scenarios from the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Floodgates Have Opened, Scenario A, examines the interrelationship between human-added landscape features such as roadways and buildings and naturally occurring topographical features when a region is faced with a large-scale weather event and the resulting stormwater. In One End and Out the Other, Scenario B, investigates how our food choices impact the land use decision-making process.