This year Eaton Conservation District staff borrowed a large Stream Table from the Ingham County Drain Office to educate the students about Rivers. The stream table was a great addition to the program, the kids were able to learn, make predictions, and adapt their river design. Each of our 8 education sessions lasted 40 minutes. We started by talking about soil types, erosion, and deposition and students felt loam, clay and sandy soil samples. We ran three cycles of the stream table – one with directions to work as a team and create a river, the second round we talked about where erosion had occurred and how to prevent it, and the third round we tried to slow down the river as much as we could (meanderings, dams, structures).
This was especially timely because it took place a few days following the large rainfall storm on June 22nd. We talked about culverts, flow capacity, and roads washing out.