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This USGS Fact sheet provides an overview of water quality considerations. Each brief section contains definitions and descriptions. The topics include how to measure water quality, why there are standards and guidelines, the effect of natural processes, the effect of human activities, pathogens found in water, and links to sites in USGS with additional information. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Ref. material, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This site presents two lessons that work together to help students understand who and what pollutes our water systems, as well as what may be done to try to clean it up. The activities are interdisciplinary in nature and involve the use of critical thinking and analysis to solve a problem. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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Users can search this site for information on environmental pollution in the areas where they live. The materials presented here include a pollution ranking that shows regions and companies with the worst environmental records, environmental justice analyses that identify which ethnic or income groups bear more than their share of environmental burdens, and a searchable listing of toxic chemicals. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Environmental science
 
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In this lesson, students create a community service advertising campaign that raises awareness about the importance of keeping trash out of the marine ecosystem. Students work in teams to create different ad campaigns geared toward particular target audiences and produce posters promoting their messages. Links to additional information and resources are also provided. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science
 
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Principles of Wildlife Conservation is a course that was developed to fulfill requirements in the curriculum of Forest Resource Technology students at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. It is an introductory course that presents a diversity of issues relating to wildlife conservation and management and is open to the general student population. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Course
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This map gallery contains a set of maps depicting water use in the United States for the year 2005. The maps are thematic in nature, with different colors used to represent ranges of data values. There are maps depicting usage for a variety of purposes: total use, domestic and public supply, irrigation and livestock, industry and mining, electric power generation, and aquaculture. This is part of ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Map, Government portal, In-situ dataset
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Hydrology
 
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The Stream Study provides a method to determine the water quality of a stream based on the collection and identification of stream-bottom macroinvertebrates. This is a multi-chapter activity designed for teachers, parents, and students. Specific sections of this site include the following: why it is important to study stream-bottom macroinvertebrates, identification of stream-bottom macroinvertebrates, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Informal
Resource type: Classroom activity, Field activity, Illustration - artistic, Glossary
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science
 
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In this lesson, students explore how groundwater contamination can spread through aquifers by participating in a groundwater plume simulation. Students will consider where they would look to determine the source of groundwater contamination and where they could turn for assistance; explore the possible contamination of Nevada groundwater by a major nuclear test site by reading and discussing, "Concerns ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This document provides several activities that show how desert plants and animals are well-adapted to life in the desert and thrive on little moisture and high temperatures. There are extension lessons as well as a drawing activity. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, Environmental science
 
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Part of the USGS Water Science for Schools site, this resource defines irrigation water use and includes several tables and maps showing water use by various irrigation systems, by state, by crop, and by percentage of fresh water available. Students and teachers can look at their state and see 1990 data for how much ground water and how much ground water and surface water is used for irrigation. Various ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Map, Glossary, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science
 
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