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Water on the Web - Water education materials for college and advanced high school students based on real-world data from the Minnesota lakes. Includes geographic information systems, data visualization, and in-depth educational materials prepared for both students and teachers.

Soda Bottle Hydrology - Activities and experiments for teaching children (various grades) about groundwater, aquifers, and hydrology. Page contains both student's and teacher's introductions. From the US Dept of Energy Office of Environmental Management.

Water in The City - Science activities and background information based on how water is used in cities. Includes water basics, science, water supplies around the world, and links to background material and activities on other sites.

Waste Water Treatment - Hi. I'm Willy the Waterdrop and I am going to explain how I and all the other waterdrops flow through Arcata's Integrated wastewater treatment system and the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Water Education Foundation - Non-profit organization educating people about water issues in California and the American West.

Give Water A Hand - Program for youth groups or classes to help kids take action to improve local water quality. Young people team up with educators, natural resource experts and committed community members to study water issues and take action.

Educating Young People About Water - Descriptions and ordering information for water education materials and curricula aimed at young people (pre-college, K-12). Materials produced by the Environmental Resources Center, University of Wisconsin.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority - School Programs - Educational guides and hands-on activities for teachers and students (of all grades). Includes online activity "Water and Germs" and details of how to obtain classroom presentations, curriculum guides, videos, and other educational materials.

Boulder Creek Watershed - Non-profit organization aiming to increase community education and involvement in the Boulder Creek Watershed. Includes details of numerous educational projects, including Water Forum lectures and discovery maps for children.

Home and Garden Hints for Healthy Streams and Salmon - Tips to help ordinary people contribute to the restoration of threatened northwest salmon runs, and links to in-depth information related to salmon, streams, and watersheds. From King County, Washington.

Los Angeles River Connection - A detailed virtual tour shows the sights, plants, animals, architecture, and history of the LA river. Site also includes historical background, lesson plans and activities, examples of student work, and related sites.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy - Non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving the Perkiomen watershed in Pennsylvania through education, conservation, and watchdog activities. Site includes newsletters, links, and educational materials for adults and children.

Buster Backflow Comic/Coloring Book - Buster Backflow cartoons for children explaining the concept of "backflow" and how it can endanger drinking water quality. Materials developed by the non-profit American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA).

Water: A Theme for Schools - Teaches primary/junior school children about water. Includes information and data about different rivers throughout the world and an activity encouraging children to write descriptively about rivers.

EPA Watershed Academy - Training opportunities and distance education for ecologists, managers, and others interested in watersheds from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Includes online course guides covering water protection, river restoration, and watershed management.

Broadwaters Pond Site - Broadwaters introduces you to the world of ponds and lakes, their inhabitants, and physical and structural relationships. Includes interactive explorations of pond food webs and how the water cycle affects pond life.

Drinking Water 101 - Slide show presentation that explains where drinking water comes from and how a conventional treatment plant provides water that is safe to drink. Available online or as a downloadable Powerpoint presentation.

AquaOnline: Water Quality Knowledge and Education Tool - Information and educational resources related to water. Includes water quality, drinking water treatment and problems, waters risk assessments, lake monitoring and sampling, and more.

Hydroinformatics and Management Systems - Hydroinformatics and Management Systems MSc, Diploma, and Professional Development Courses. IT distance learning and short courses for professionals within the water industry from the Universities of Newcastle, Birmingham, and Sheffield in England.

U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Education - Educational materials for various ages and grades, including USGS Learning Web, Water Science for Schools, Frog Web, Education Posters, Water Resources Education Initiative outreach program, and links to materials from other sources.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Sea Grant Program - Research, education, and advisory projects to promote the wise use and understanding of ocean and coastal resources. Site includes outreach programs, catalog of over 700 educational publications, and current research projects.

Marine Science Careers - A comprehensive overview of careers in marine biology and the other marine sciences prepared as part of the Sea Grant program of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Curriculum: Water: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Materials for teachers from the EPA. Covers acid rain, hazardous waste, pollution, ground water, drinking water, and wetlands. Includes links to various activities for children from other EPA sites.

Institute of Water and Environment, Cranfield University - Provides education (short courses, degree courses, and postgraduate) and carries out research and consultancy into water problems. Research areas include river maintenance, pollution, agricultural water use, and community water supplies. Based in UK.

South Carroll High School's Aquaculture - Information about student aquaculture projects at South Carroll High School in Maryland. Includes photos, fish descriptions, tank descriptions, and tips based on experiences.

Everglades Forever, An Educational Primer - Produced by the Discovery Channel, this web site provides detailed information about the Everglades Ecosystem. Includes species, interactive map of how the area has changed over time, farming practices, restoration plans, and many photographs.

Design Concepts For A Very Large Water Dome - Desert Dome Project: An analysis into using geodesic domes and various other technologies to create very large water based habitats in challenging environments (such as the deserts and the poles).

Drinking Water - Kids' Stuff - Drinking water experiments, activities, games, and resources for kids and teachers from the US EPA Office of Water Quality. Also includes an online version of the booklet "Children and Drinking Water Standards."

University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute - Scientific institute dedicated to confronting water problems through research, training, and education. Site includes the Water Education Place (K-12 curricula and websites for students and teachers), online library access, and directory of Wisconsin water experts.

Water Pollution: Student Research Resources - A collection of research resources on water pollution for students and teachers (books, articles, and websites).

A Virtual Tour of the Hillsborough River Watershed - Interactive tour of the Hillsborough Watershed in Southwest Florida. Features interactive 360 degree panoramic photographs, classroom activities, teacher's guide, resources, and links. World Mineral Water - Comprehensive collection of information about mineral water. Describes the differences between mineral and spring water, different types of mineral water, laws governing mineral water quality, and includes a collection of 986 labels from water bottles.

A River Runs Through Us: Bear River Watershed Education Project - A water quality monitoring program for 5-12th grade students throughout the Bear River watershed (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming). Includes project details and news, downloadable data, and links.

Rivers of Life - Educational materials for K-12 teachers and students exploring the artistic, historical, and ecological importance of rivers. Includes the Mississippi Adventure (a study of the nation's largest river system) and the Watershed Atlas Project (encouraging students to gain an intimate knowledge of their local watershed).

DWR Office of Water Education - Educational resources from the California State Department of Water Resources. Includes "Water Facts and Fun" catalog of educational materials and calendar of events.

Water Pollution and Society - Concise introduction to different types of water pollution, including causes and effects. Includes numerous photos, graphs, and diagrams.

Streamwatch UK - Water-quality monitoring project in the UK that enables schools and community groups to sample streams using professional equipment and contribute to a national water quality database. Site includes details of the project and the groups involved and online access to survey results.

Experiments to test for Acid Mine Drainage - Teaches about acid mine drainage through a variety of hands-on experiments. Also has links and additional resources on wetlands, watersheds, stream monitoring, and other topics.

Project WET: Water Education for Teachers - Non-profit water education program for educators and young people, grades K-12, located at Montana State University. Includes newsletters, activities, and details of coordinators throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Kids in the Creek - Introduces students (5th-7th grade) to stream-water quality by teaching them to identify insects in the world they inhabit. Materials for teachers include curricula for download and list of general resources. Produced by Bonneville Power Administration, Oregon.

Secondary Education Curriculum Support - List of water-related secondary curricula from the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR). Includes ordering details and prices.

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Education - SEPA's educational site contains resources for teachers, adults, and children of all ages, online information leaflets, activities, and many links.

Education World®: Curriculum: Education Resources Help Kids 'Give Water a Hand' - Discusses problems faced in water education and compares approaches taken by 'Give Water a Hand' and the 'River Watch Network'.

Global Water Sampling Collaborative Science Education Project - International collaboration in which students (12-18) compare the water quality of a local river, stream, lake, or pond with other fresh water sources around the world. Site includes student and teacher areas, access to experts, reference materials, and project data.

Kesab Watercare Club - Where Kids are Caring for our Catchment Environment - Australian water education site for kids. Includes quizzes and interactive learning games, water testing activities, coastal monitoring projects, and invertebrate sampling.

Creek Connections - Partnership between Allegheny College and regional K-12 schools to use the French Creek and adjoining watersheds and waterways for hands-on, environmental education. Site includes newsletters, details of participating schools, classroom and teacher resources, and many useful links.

The Liffey River, Dublin, Ireland - School project about the River Liffey in Dublin compiled by students from Elanora Heights Primary School. Illustrates how a local river can be used as a focus for studies of local culture, geography, and environmental issues.

RiverResource - Aims to inspire people to learn about rivers and to share that information with others. Includes a very comprehensive list of river links, bibliography, and database of classrooms studying rivers.

Cayuga County, NY, Safe Waters Network - A community network based in Cayuga County, New York, working to educate the public on water safety and water quality issues.

Down the Drain - Water Use Collaborative Project - Collaborative science project comparing water use around the world. Includes material for students and teachers, online data, and reference material. Recommended for grades 4-8.

KeyWATER Web Portal - An independent, non-commercial portal dedicated to the water environment and partly sponsored by the European Commission. Includes news articles, discussion groups, photos, and information libraries.

Wade's Carry Creek - A portable display unit that can be used to study the small animal life of creeks, streams, and rivers.

EnviroScape - Demonstration kits for teaching about water pollution and its prevention. Topics include nonpoint source pollution, wetlands, coastal zones, groundwater, and landfills.

Why are Hawaii's Wetlands Vanishing? - Basic information about wetlands, with emphasis on Hawaiian wetlands, and the story of what happened to a flourishing wetland that vanished because of urbanization and pollution.

Windows-On-Our-Waters - Information about and from an education program focused on teaching about nonpoint source pollution, its effects on Southern California marine and inland waters, and preventing pollution. Kids are the intended audience.

Tribal Watershed Training Program - Describes an educational and training program for Native American students and tribal employees, designed to prepare them for leadership positions in natural resources management within tribal governments.

Geography Action! Rivers 2001 - A collection of river conservation activities and educational tools from National Geographic, aimed at the general public, educators, and students.

Environment Agency of England & Wales: Education Pages - Wide range of teaching materials for schools, colleges, and universities. Includes case studies on flooding and flood defense, numeracy and literacy activities, practical outdoor activities and web-based interactive teaching games.

Earthwater Storm Drain Stencils - Project that encourages stenciling of storm drains to encourage public awareness and prevention of water pollution. Includes details of how to stencil, what it achieves, and where to obtain stencils from.

River of Words - An environmental art and poetry program created to promote watershed awareness, literacy, and the arts. Through its annual art and poetry contest and educator's tools, River of Words helps communities begin exploring the natural and cultural history of their own home grounds.

Gulf of Mexico Program: Educator and Student Resources - Activities, information, and resources for students and teachers from the U.S. EPA. Includes general resources on water and pollution and information about the geology, heritage, and environmental problems of the Gulf of Mexico.

Cap-Net - A United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project that provides education and training for capacity building in integrated water resources management.

The Great Estate - Balgowlah Businesses Preventing Stormwater Pollution at Source - A partnership between businesses on the Balgowlah industrial estate and Manly Council in New South Wales, Australia, to reduce stormwater pollution through environmental education and water quality monitoring.

Water In Schools - Resources for Education - Educational resources about water and sewage treatment for all ages, prepared by England's Thames Water company. Includes a catalog of 200 resources, games, worksheets, history, technology, downloads, and printable activities.

StreamScapes Education Programme - Educational programme about streams run by the Coomhola Salmon Trust, Cork, Ireland. Site includes numerous study resources and a "citizens' portrait" database of stream observations submitted by schools and local community groups.

Massachusetts Drinking Water Education Partnership - Provides year-round educational programs and information to increase public understanding of drinking water issues. Dedicated to protecting drinking water supplies and public health through collaborative projects, culminating in Drinking Water Week events each May.

Envision Environmental Education - Manufacturer of environmental and geologic education products, including acrylic groundwater models (simulators).

Department of Sanitary Engineering, TU Delft, Netherlands - Offers educational programs and conducts research on wastewater treatment and other aspects of water resources. An Educational On-line Canoeing Adventure Down the Mighty Mississippi River - A virtual exploration of the Mississippi River. Designed for teachers, it includes web quests, lesson plans, interactive field studies, and other educational resources.