NNSWCD joined the Menokin Foundation to provide a lesson on watersheds to the sixth-grade students at Montross Middle School. Students “developed” their own property and learned how the ways we use the land impact the health of the water downstream. Additionally, Lowery used erosion boxes to show how different land coverings handle runoff, including cover crops, loose soil and impervious pavement. They then evaluated how quickly, how much and how polluted the runoff was from each. The cover crop was a clear winner as it slowed the water down, soaked up the runoff and contained the pollutants. This program is a partnership with VA Cooperative Extension/4-H, Belle Isle State Park, Friends of the Rappahannock and Menokin Foundation.