What is the Value of Water?

The main goal of this project is to give participants the opportunity to learn more deeply about the value of water. We hope as a result that students and community members will decide to act in a more responsible manner with respect to water, not out of fear, but because they have developed a new appreciation for the importance of water stewardship based on knowledge.
We would like them to take away an understanding of the reciprocal man/water relationship:if we maintain it, it will sustain us.

Students will examine:
  • Water resources in their communities (drinking, household needs, recreation).
  • Environmental issues (on-going or considered) that may effect identified water resources.
  • Impacts to the community where perceived changes to water quality have occurred over time.

Participants will be asked to consider the value of water from a number of perspectives:
  • Where does our community's water come from?
  • How does the quality of our water compare to 'acceptable' standards?
  • Is the water supply plentiful?
  • Is water a resource? Should it be sold to the highest bidder?
  • What actions can individuals and communities take to ensure a plentiful supply of good quality water?

Activities you may engage in as part of this project:
  • Map your community's watershed using GPS and mapping software
  • Evaluate water quality through water testing and stream studies
  • Consult water experts and community members; conduct surveys
  • Design a personal and a community action plan
  • Contribute findings to the Watershed Project schools data base
  • Present findings and conclusions to the community; contribute the the Google Earth Layer in the Watershed Project (linked above)

Read the following article, Science in a Circle: Forming “Community Links” to Conduct Health Research in Partnership with Communities for broader understanding of project: Water article.pdf