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Water Analysis

Project Overview

A sufficient supply of clean water is crucial to human survival. The Clean Water Act in the United States was passed to better ensure quality drinking and recreational water and clean water for aquatic life and other wildlife by regulating discharges of pollutants into waters and setting water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters. In this RWLO, students will select a lake, stream, bay or other body of water and measure four key indicators of water quality: pH, temperature, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. They will join the World Monitoring Day Project (WWMD) and post their data on the WWMD website. This will enable them to contribute to the body of data used to ensure quality water and to compare their data with those collected by other individuals and groups around the country. They will learn acceptable concentrations of these and other dissolved substances. Finally, students will access the water quality report for their community and then develop a plan for controlling the quantity of pollutants in the water supply.

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(Annual Water Quality Reports)


(Common Water Measurements)