Watersheds and Public Water Systems

Watersheds and Public Water Systems

The Watersheds and Public Water Systems curriculum provides students with hands on learning activities to demonstrate how water flows through their local watersheds, and public water and waste water systems.  In this curriculum, students will enhance their understanding of the importance of water, how water is treated and transported, and how humans are impacting water sources.  Students will gain skills in online mapping software (ArcGIS), chemistry, conducting water quality testing and analysis, and designing a water filter. Students can become Citizen Scientists by sharing their water quality data through online databases with other students, teachers, and industry professionals across the country.

The curriculum culminates with student presentations of their watershed and water system Story Map Journals.  In addition to evaluating watersheds and public water systems, students will be introduced to careers in the water industry ranging from ecologists to engineers.  This curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills employers in the water industry seek such as computer applications and data analysis, and provides resources for creating a resume, conducting informational interviews, and job shadowing.

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