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View Resource Brooker Creek Watershed

This case study about the environmental challenges facing a watershed in Florida can serve as a model for a watershed module. The study covers all aspects of the watershed, including its geography and hydrology, land use and population, plants and animals, as well as challenges to the quality of the watershed now appearing due to development and use of water from the watershed's streams and...

View Resource Floodplain Development Investigation

This investigation involves using spatial thinking and intermediate to advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills to investigate suburban sprawl in detail, looking at land use decisions made in a rapidly developing suburb west of St. Louis, Missouri. The investigation also helps students to consider the risk/reward tradeoffs made in deciding to build in a desirable location that also...

View Resource Science in Your Watershed

Provided by the US Geological Survey, this Web site is intended to help users "find scientific information organized on a watershed basis" for use in "characterizing, assessing, analyzing, and maintaining the status and health of a watershed." More specifically, Science in Your Watershed "provides rudiments of a decision-support process by making accessible recent case studies of projects that...

View Resource The UVA Bay Game

The Chesapeake Bay watershed extends over six states, and all told, some 27 million residents live in the area covered by the watershed. The University of Virginia has a keen interest in the watershed area, and this website provides information about their sustainability simulation project which is designed to look at the long and short term future of this particular ecosystem. The simulation...

View Resource Wetlands Functions and Values

This learning module on wetland functions and values is the newest addition to the EPA's Watershed Academy Website. The module explores the ecological and societal benefits and values that wetlands provide, such as "fish and wildlife habitats, natural water quality improvement, flood storage, shoreline erosion protection, opportunities for recreation and aesthetic appreciation," and much more....

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