Intro to Watersheds and Water Pollution

Intro to Watersheds and Water Pollution

This lesson introduces students to scientific models that help them conceptualize watersheds and their importance for managing nonpoint sources of pollution (pollution picked up by rain as it flows over the ground). Students will be able to:

  1. Construct and test a model of a watershed.
  2. Trace the connection of their watershed to the Grand River and Lake Michigan.
  3. Identify nonpoint sources of pollution and their relative impacts in various parts of the Lower Grand River Watershed.

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Extension 1A- MDEQ Nonpoint Source Pollution,4561,7-135-3313_71618_3682_3714—,00.html

Extension 1B- University of Maryland Extension

Extension 1C- Whatzzzup-Stream?

Extension 1D- Discovering the Watershed Lesson Plan

Extension 1E- An Introduction to Michigan Watersheds

Extension 1F- topoView

Extension 1G- MEECS PBS LM



Link 1A- Adopt Your Watershed

Link 1B- After the Storm

Link 1C- A Very Impervious Situation

Link 1D- GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute

Link 1E- How to Build a Watershed Model

Link 1F- Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW)

Link 1G- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

Link 1H- Nonpoint Source Kids Page

Link 1I- Plaster Creek Stewards

Link 1J- Surf Your Watershed

Link 1K- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Link 1L- West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

Link 1M- WikiWatershed

The Communities for Clean Water videos and lessons plans were created in partnership with WGVU and the GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute. They were made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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