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Water Quality DLESE Reviewed Collection
This site houses a module on Water Quality. The module is designed to be informative and interactive. Students are presented with a simulated situation where their newest client, who owns a catch and release fishing guide service, is upset over the fact that the fish in a stretch of "Bear Creek" have been dying. The client has called on the student's firm to figure out what is killing the fish in that section of Bear Creek, and how to stop it. Preliminary fieldwork has been done on Bear Creek and is available for the student's analysis. The biological, chemical, and physical data for this watershed are realistic values based on data found in similar situations. The data are listed in tables, and are also available to the students for download into a spreadsheet. Guided lectures on the hydrosphere, water pollution, and water quality assessment are provided, as well as a link to another module on a real watershed. For additional aides, a site glossary, reference information, a listing of related links, and a model outline of the steps to follow for the Problem Based Learning (PBL) situation are given. As this module is part of the online series of Exploring the Environment (ETE), teachers interested in using this site will have to register for a free password in order to gain access to the Teacher's Pages. This can be done through the ETE's homepage,
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Case study
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
Excel spreadsheet
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1997-2000, Wheeling Jesuit University/NASA Classroom of the Future_. All rights reserved. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or direct commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. However, copyrights for components of this work owned by others than the Center for Educational Technologies_/ NASA Classroom of the Future_ must be honored as follows: abstracting with credit is permitted, but anyone copying information must abide by the terms and constraints of the copyright protecting all components.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-382
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Exploring the Environment'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Robert Myers
NASA Classroom of the Future