Break students into small groups. Have each group brainstorm ways we can conserve and protect water.
Use the following demonstration to help students visualize the amount of freshwater available on earth:
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This video series is generously provided by Alberta WaterPortal Society to learn more about the interactions between water users and the water nexus.
Water from the river is needed for many different uses, including communities, agriculture, energy production, and healthy ecosystems. It is essential to work together to balance those many uses with the amount of water available.
The Complex Interconnections Between Water Users in the Watershed
The many water users who share the local watershed are connected in complex ways. Not only do we all share the same water source, we also share energy that is produced in this region, and we rely on the local land for agriculture and many economic activities. Coordinating together is important for sharing these many resources.
Improving Water Quality Through Agricultural Innovation
Water quality is supported by management practices by farmers and agriculture produces. Your local watershed supports many different users and activities, and the practices of everyone in the watershed can help or hinder the water quality in the river.
A Healthy Environment Supports All Water Users
Our natural environment provides clean water, clean air, and many other essential services that we often take for granted. We all have to work to keep our natural environment, and especially our rivers and lakes healthy.
A Growing Population Will Mean Growing Demand for Food, Energy and Water
Water is used to grow food and to produce energy, water is also needed by people for drinking, cleaning, and many other activities. As the population of people grows in cities and around the world, more food, energy and water will be required. Improvements in efficiency and reducing waste in all three of these sectors is a key strategy to address the challenges of limited available water.
This is a great supplementary resource to Lesson 3: Water
Learn about where your onion rings come from and growing tomatoes and cucumbers with hydroponic technology
Livestock (such as cattle, chickens, pigs and sheep) play an important role in our society, economy and environment.
Environmental Farm Plans help farmers identify their farms’ environmental strengths and weaknesses and make action plans for improvements. The goal is to minimize negative effects and risks to the environment while making positive changes to ensure the future of farming.
In this hands on activity, students demonstrate the water cycle and learn the potential for our water supply to become contaminated. Learning outcomes include: water sources, water pollution, and water protection. Developed by National Ag in the Classroom, this grade 6-8 resource is linked to curriculum outcomes.