APES – Debate Rain Tax

Debate the rain tax. Prior to the debate the class will be divided into being for or against the rain tax depending on the stakeholders that each group represents. Research the purpose of the rain tax, which is a result of the Stormwater Management-Watershed and Restoration Program in the Chesapeake Bay. Read journal papers on eutrophication in the Chesapeake Bay and Barnegat Bay. Apply what you have read to the debate.

Question to be debated:

Can the rain tax be applied to the Barnegat Bay Watershed to improve water quality and reduce urban runoff?

You will have to convince the members of the NJ State Assembly and Senate that they should or should not establish a bill for a rain tax in the Barnegat Bay Watershed.

For the debate, you will need an opening statement and a closing statement for each group. Below are the stakeholders that will be represented:

Various Members of the State Assembly and Senate from the Barnegat Bay Watershed

Taxpayers and Homeowners

Local Municipal and County Elected Officials

Barnegat Bay Partnership

Nonprofit Organizations (Save Barnegat Bay, Clean Ocean Action, & the American Littoral Society)

Scientists (Rutgers University & Monmouth University)




APES – Aquatic Habitats

Due Oct 22nd


For the following habitats, answer the questions in a fact sheet or PowerPoint format:


Pelagic & Deep-water Habitats

Seagrass Beds

Salt Marshes

Kelp Forests

Coral Reefs

Tide Pools

Barrier Islands

Barrier Reefs

Polar Ice Caps

Ocean Vents

  1. What are the locations of the habitat around the world?
  2. Why is the habitat important?
  3. What types of food webs are found there?
  4. What are  the major threats posed by humans to the habitat?
  5. What is the habitat’s importance to our way of life? What ecosystem services are provided by the habitat?
  6. Use visuals, such as photos or maps.

APES – Ocean Currents Animations