Sediment is composed of dirt and other small particles. Sediment enters streams and other waterways when it’s picked up by rain washing across the land, as well as from streambank erosion. Too much sediment in the water causes it to become muddy, which restricts the growth of underwater vegetation and can endanger marine life. Watch as CBF Educator Cameron Crannell explores a stream in Virginia and evaluates the water clarity to determine how sediment is impacting the water. By answering questions in the Reducing Sediment in Our Streams Investigationyou can learn more about this ongoing Chesapeake Bay issue and ways to reduce sediment in waterways.
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