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View Resource California's Water Issues

From Foothill College and the Using a Web-Based GIS to Teach Problem-Based Science in High School and College project, this powerpoint discusses California's water issues. These include population growth, the mismatch between where precipitation falls and where people are located, drought, pollution, and climate change. Each issue is discussed in detail along with potential solutions.

View Resource Water Resources Data

This portal provides access to a large selection of real-time and archived data on stream flow and water quality for surface and groundwater. Links are provided to the National Water Information System Web Interface (NWISWeb), which accesses data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Data categories include current conditions...

View Resource Water Questions and Answers

This list of questions and answers about water covers a variety of categories, including water use in the United States, water use in the home, data and measurements, chemistry, and others. Links to additional information is embedded in the text of some questions.

View Resource U.S. Drought Portal

The National Integrated Drought Information System was signed into existence in 2006 by President George W. Bush, and it aims to provide guidance in preparing for drought in the 21st century. This official U.S. government web portal is loaded with colorful maps, charts and graphs, and that's just on the homepage. The "U.S. Drought Monitor" is a map on the homepage with the intensity of the...

View Resource New York Times Lesson Plan: Thirsty for Drought Relief

In this Lesson Plan from the New York Times Learning Network, students explore a variety of drought-related issues and research possible courses of action as part of a "drought preparedness taskforce." Based on New York Times coverage of drought in Arizona (story link provided), this exercise offers an active, interdisciplinary way to learn about water conservation and the ecological and economic...

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