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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Extensions:

Extension 1A- MDEQ Nonpoint Source Pollution http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_71618_3682_3714—,00.html

Extension 1B- University of Maryland Extension http://extension.umd.edu/agsploration/download-curriculum.

Extension 1C- Whatzzzup-Stream? http://water.epa.gov/learn/resources/midsh/what.cfm.

Extension 1D- Discovering the Watershed Lesson Plan https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=FNR-476-W#.Vh6eQG7G-pQ.

Extension 1E- An Introduction to Michigan Watersheds http://www.miseagrant.com/product_p/michu-12-412.htm.

Extension 1F- topoView https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/TopoView/viewer/#4/39.98/-100.06

Extension 1G- MEECS PBS LM https://wgvu.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/meecs-water-quality/#.WTW5iesrKos

 

Links:

Link 1A- Adopt Your Watershed http://water.epa.gov/action/adopt/index.cfm

Link 1B- After the Storm http://water.epa.gov/action/weatherchannel/

Link 1C- A Very Impervious Situation http://glaquarium.org/resources/a-very-impervious-situation-an-introduction-to-stormwater-runoff/

Link 1D- GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute http://www.gvsu.edu/wri/isc/lower-grand-river-watershed-management-plan-312.htm.

Link 1E- How to Build a Watershed Model http://www.creekfreaks.net/sites/default/files/attachments/How%20To%20Model%20Watershed.pdf

Link 1F- Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) http://www.lgrow.org/

Link 1G- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) http://www.michigan.gov/nps

Link 1H- Nonpoint Source Kids Page http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/kids/

Link 1I- Plaster Creek Stewards http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/pcw

Link 1J- Surf Your Watershed www.epa.gov/owow/surf/

Link 1K- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/activity_grades_9-12_buildyourownwatershed.html

Link 1L- West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) http://wmeac.org/water

Link 1M- WikiWatershed http://wikiwatershed.org/


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.