TO:      Missouri Envirothon Teams


Date:   April 26, 2017


Subject:  State Oral Presentation Problem




The “Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship” oral component will account for 16.6% of the total score for the 2017 event.  It is required that all teams participate in the oral component.


A reminder:  Oral presentation materials will be turned in at the Registration area and will be taken to the oral presentation area for the teams.


The 2017 Missouri Envirothon competition will be held at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Farm at 4968 Rangeline Road just east of Columbia, Missouri.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at the state competition and wish your team great luck!


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Missouri Envirothon 2017


Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship


·         Each team has ten (10) minutes to present their “solution” to the problem statement.

·         The judging panel has five (5) minutes to question the team on aspects of their presentation.

·         All team members must participate in the presentation and verbally deliver some portion of the disclosure.

·         Teams are limited to: Two (2) separate regular 22”x28” posters (any other type of poster board such as foam board, display board etc. will not be allowed), photos, charts, text with graphics, etc. may be included to supplement their presentation.



Oral Judges Score Sheet

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Judges Note Sheet

Student Directions



State Competition Agenda

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Hotel Information

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2017 Missouri Envirothon

Oral Presentation Question


The XYZ River Watershed is 10,000 acres.  Bob, Carl, Paul, and Margaret have farms in the watershed.  Zobrick Construction recently purchased two separate tracts in the watershed with the goal to develop a housing project.  There is also a high school in the watershed.

Bob farms 200 acres in the watershed.  Five years ago he worked with the Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) to correct several soil erosion problems.  He stopped planting row crops adjacent to the streambank and planted a 150-foot wide riparian buffer of native trees and shrubs between the top edge of the bank and his crops.  He stopped using conventional tillage and now uses no-till to plant crops on fields with slopes more than five percent.  On the very steepest fields he changed from growing row crops and planted a diverse mixture of permanent grasses for hay production.  Many of the problems Bob hoped to fix are improved but he still has streambank erosion problems.

Carl’s farm is also in the watershed and is upstream of Bob’s farm.  Carl recognizes that he has many of the same soil erosion problems as Bob and recognizes the improvements Bob made.

Paul had similar streambank erosion problems including head cutting (gully erosion) into his horse pasture.  He used large chunks of concrete from his old building foundation and large boulders trying to prevent further erosion.  His efforts may have reduced his problems but created streambank erosion problems on the other side of the river.

Margaret owns and manages land on both sides of the XYZ River.  She has well-established 200-foot stream buffer of trees and shrubs on both sides of the river.  The buffer is at the top of the streambank but not on the banks.  Margaret converted crop fields adjacent to the stream buffer to walnut and pecan trees for nut and lumber production.  She noticed that the stream is undercutting her streambanks and large chunks of land with trees are falling into the river.  Margaret requested help from the Soil & Water Conservation District.

Zobrick Construction recently purchased two tracts of land in the watershed.  One tract is 45 acres of upland forest and the other tract is 55 acres of cropland and bottomland forest.  They are interested in building a high-density housing project with three or more houses per acre.  The county has planning and zoning regulations addressing housing density, soil erosion and stormwater control, and wastewater septic systems.

Three years ago the high school in the watershed expanded and built two large buildings (25,000 square feet and 45,000 square feet).  They also build three additional parking lots (726 new parking spaces) to accommodate the increasing number of students and families.

The XYZ River Smallmouth Bass Club is complaining that the fishery and fishing has significantly declined in recent years and the river became more turbid with numerous sediment problems.

You work for the Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).  The Planning and Zoning Department contacted the SWCD about potential changes in the community and concern about flooding and sediment problems in the watershed.  What would you do?