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To learn about water quality testing techniques, Earth Team volunteers from Emory and Henry College in Virginia collect and study biological samples. (Photo courtesy of NRCS)

Curriculum and Activities

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Information Resources and Centers

  • Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
    The Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox is intended for use by state and local agencies and other organizations interested in educating the public on nonpoint source pollution or stormwater runoff. The Toolbox contains a variety of resources to help develop an effective and targeted outreach campaign.

  • "After the Storm" Television Special (2004)
    This half-hour television special about watersheds was co-produced by the Weather Channel (TWC) and EPA. It is available in several popular formats, including Web video, and includes related educational resources.

  • Earth Gauge™ Exit EPA Disclaimer
    Earth Gauge is a free environmental information service for broadcast meteorologists in major US media markets, based on the three to five day forecast. The service is designed to make it easy to talk about the links between weather and the environment on-air with simple "factoids" and viewer action tips. Includes an interactive learning module on watersheds Exit EPA Disclaimer

  • EE-Link: Environmental Education on the Internet  Exit EPA Disclaimer
    EE-Link is a resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education, such as media specialists, inservice providers, nature center staff and curriculum developers. The site contains Internet environmental-based school projects, classroom activities (including many lesson plans), environmental facts and data from many sources, curriculum directory guides, organization and audio visual catalogs, software, conference and workshop announcements, higher education links, facts, grants, literature pointers, regional information, and pointers to other environmental sites.

  • What You Can Do To Prevent NPS Pollution
    Some examples of things we can all do to prevent nonpoint source (NPS) pollution.

  • NOAA Education Discovery Kit-Nonpoint Source Pollution
    This is a comprehensive site on nonpoint source pollution categories and pollutants from nonpoint sources.

  • Water Quality Consortium, Nonpoint Source Education Posters Exit EPA Disclaimer
    Four posters, each with humorous and high-impact photos, cover vehicle oil leaks, car wash soaps, lawn fertilizer overuse and pet waste. Materials are designed to increase awareness of nonpoint pollution and to educate people on what they can do to prevent, reduce and stop water pollution.

  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Exit EPA Disclaimer
    Learn about the activities of a very active and knowledgeable environmental education association.

  • National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)  Exit EPA Disclaimer
    The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of both fresh and salt water and provides a focus for marine and aquatic studies all over the world.

  • USGS Water Resources Information for Students and Teachers
    This site provides links to educational materials for various ages and grades from both USGS and their National Partner Organizations.

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Special Programs

  • Farm*A*Syst Exit EPA Disclaimer
    Farm*A*Syst is a partnership between government agencies and private business that enables you to prevent pollution on farms, ranches and in homes using confidential environmental assessments.

  • Home*A*Syst Exit EPA Disclaimer
    Potential risks to the family's health and the environment exist in every home. Home*A*Syst helps you identify these risks and take action.


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