water_logo.jpg

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