The World Water Monitoring period opened on March 22nd and runs through December. This time period is dedicated to creating awareness about protecting water resources around the world. Part of this effort includes educating citizens by having them test their local water ways to see if it is a healthy body of water for swimming, fishing, and drinking. Many different groups may participate in monitoring their local water ways.
The Environmental Protection Agency provides online activities for children to learn about how they have an impact on protecting their local water resources. This includes a children’s storybook about water pollution, quality, monitoring, and pollution, a word search and message decoding to learn water, a parent guided activity for children to explore local watersheds, websites with more information, and other fun activities.
World Water Monitoring Challenge
The World Water Monitoring Challenge is a great resource for children and families to learn more about protecting their water resources. This is the main site for world water monitoring and where you can buy water testing kits to test you local water ways with your child. It also includes an instruction booklet to help children and parents to test the water. It also provides information about the results of the tests.
The data then can be uploaded to their website, which is then compiled into a yearly report. This is a great activity for children to be involved with as they will be part of helping to keep the water ways clean and be able to actually see their impact on the data reports.
Additional links are also provided on this website for both parents and children to explore more about volunteering, watersheds, climate change, and environmental science.
National Geographic: watersheds & water pollution
National Geographic provides excellent online computer-based activities to learn about water sources and water pollution. At home, children can learn sources of water and water pollution based in their local watershed. The web links are provided for the online research that can be done as a family. There are also extension activities that encourage children to learn what to do with residential and commercial water pollution.
Being an active part of the community and participating in the World Water Monitoring Challenge is a great way to get children involved in learning about their environment and protecting water ways for future children to fish, swim, play, and drink.
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