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Environment Canada: Water Pollution Site
Read why clean water is so important.

Give Water a Hand
This site is devoted to informing young people about the part they can play in protecting bodies of water. Download action plans and more.

River Network
The River Network is a national organization that connects river conservationists with the information that they need. This extensive site provides listings of local and national resources.

United States Geological Survey: Learning Web
This site contains a wealth of information about water as well as many USGS-approved links. Visit the online activity center ( or explore the water Q&A section to learn interesting facts about water (

United States Geological Survey: Water Education Site
Take the online water quiz, or surf around to get some basics about water.


American Groundwater Trust
The American Groundwater Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of healthy groundwater.The site showcases local technology regarding groundwater preservation.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
This EPA site offers basic information about healthy groundwater and drinking water and provides activities and lessons for students.

The Groundwater Foundation
This site contains an easy-to-understand question and answer section about the basics of groundwater and its place in the hydrologic cycle. Also, visit the Kids Corner section ( to learn easy ways to protect groundwater.

Wetlands information

A Sixth Grade Class Builds a Wetland
A sixth grade teacher describes how he and his class built a wetland. Includes information on necessary supplies.

Build A Wetland in a Pan
Provides information on how to build a wetland in a pan.

Educational Technology Center
This site contains an extensive list of easy-to-understand sites about wetlands. The sites listed contain information on the different types of wetlands, why wetlands are important, the consequences of destroying wetlands, and more.

EPA Office of Water: Types of Wetlands
This section of the EPA site describes different types of wetlands.

EPA Office of Water: Values and Functions of Wetlands
This section of the EPA site discusses the role that wetlands play in the ecosystem.

EPA Office of Water: Wetlands
This section of the EPA site discusses the status and trends of wetlands, human and natural threats to wetlands, and problems caused by the destruction of wetlands.

EPA Office of Water: What are Wetlands?
This site contains a helpful explanation of wetlands.

EPA: Wetlands Educational Resources
This site contains environmental education materials, activities, projects for classrooms, and information on how to contact wetlands experts, and a Wetlands Helpline (

How to Build a Backyard Wetland
Provides in-depth information on how to build a wetland, including tips on where (and where not) to build, when to build, and safety precautions. Scroll down to learn about the types of plants that will grow best in your wetland. Includes information on necessary supplies.

North Carolina State University: The Value of Wetlands
This site contains in-depth information on how wetlands improve water quality. Because the information is detailed and complex, it is recommended that teachers review this content first and then help students understand it.

United States Department of Agriculture: Backyard Wetland
This site not only defines a wetland, but it also gives step-by-step instructions on how to build one in your own backyard.

USGS: National Wetlands Research Center
This site contains helpful teacher resources about wetlands, including a glossary, reading list, and relevant activities.

Watershed information

Conservation Information Technology Center: Know Your Watershed
This site provides information on what a watershed is, why watersheds are important, types of pollution that affect watersheds, and how to get to know your local watershed.

CyberWays and WaterWays: Watershed Mapping Survey and Activity
Use this lesson plan, developed by Texas Watch, to get specific instructions on how to create a topographical map and survey of a watershed.

Earth Force's Global Rivers Environmental Education Network Watershed Problems
This Web site offers a wealth of resources for identifying and monitoring contaminated watersheds. It includes an online monitoring database and community action tool.

EPA Office of Water: Surf Your Watershed
This section of the EPA site has information on how to locate and learn about watersheds in your area.

EPA: Watershed Information Network
This Web page contains a simple definition of a watershed, a helpful diagram, and an extensive water glossary.

EPA: Water Atlas
Water Atlas tracks and maps America's bodies of water, their usage, their health, and steps being taken to improve their quality.

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Cherry, Lynne. RIVER RAN WILD: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY. New York: Harcourt, 1992.
A pictorial history of Massachusetts and New Hampshire's Nashua River, from its valley's settlement 7,000 years ago by "Indian peoples" until its recent reclamation. (from Amazon).

Cone, Molly and Sidnee Wheelwright. COME BACK, SALMON: HOW A GROUP OF DEDICATED KIDS ADOPTED PIGEON CREEK AND BROUGHT IT BACK TO LIFE. San Francisco: Sierra Club Juveniles, 1994.
Tells how schoolchildren in Everett, Washington restored Pigeon Creek to its natural state and made it a salmon spawning ground.

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prod. and dir. Thirteen/WNET New York
28 min., 2002, videocassette
This video promotes environmental literacy by covering a range of land, air, water, and energy topics. Visit the homepage of this site to see how you can obtain a copy from the distributor, or check your local PBS station listing for air dates.

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