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8.3 Water for Living

Background and general information Use by humans and other living things Maintenance of Australian environments
Chemical impact on water systems Strategies to reduce water pollution Impact of local water pollution on global water

Background and general information

NSW Office of Water - from NSW Government, and particularly the Water for Life section

Water - from United Nations Global Environment Programme (pdf 1.87MB)

State of the Environment Report 2009 Water Chapter - NSW Environment Protection Authority; 2006 Report

Australia's Water - includes Australian Water Education Toolkit, from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia

Water and the Environment- from South Australian Government

Virtual River - two online, interactive activites designed to help you learn about river processes like discharge, flooding, and flood frequency, from California State University, Los Angeles

Making every drop count -extensive resource with information and activities from NOVA, Australian Academy of Science

Salinity - the awakening monster from the deep - extensive resource with information and activities from NOVA, Australian Academy of Science

Water in Australia - from CSIRO Land and Water

Groundwater - information plus classroom activites, range from basic through to advanced

Water from The Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water

Water WA Government site - includes interactive water management cycle

We all live in a catchment Detailed information site from Kogarah City Council - could be used as a Case Study

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Use by humans and other living things

Water for Health - basic information page from Australian Organic Food Directory

Water Content of Fruits and Vegetables - Comparison table of % content of water, from University of Kentucky (pdf 14.7kb)

Water: the Vital Fluid by J.D. Hays (April 1996) - good summary from Columbia University

Transport in Plants - from BiologyMad

Desert Animal Survival - from DesertUSA

Desert Plant Survival - from DesertUSA

Life and Adaptations to Water multimedia site with details of animal adaptations in the various climatic zones within Australia, -includes teacher information section - although aimed more at lower levels of schooling could be good starting point.


Drinking - notes on water management by birds, from Stanford University - by Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin and Darryl Wheye, 1988

The Hydrologic Cycle - good information with basic animations, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois

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Maintenance of Australian environments

The water down under - groundwater, from NOVA, Australian Academy of Science

Australian Water Resources 2005 Information site concerning baseline assessment of water resources at the beginning of the National Water Initiative, which brings together regional data and information at the national scale. It has been undertaken by the National Water Commission.

Agriculture and salinity in NSW - from NSW Department of Primary Industries

Monitoring water quality - from Waterwatch, links for Technical Manuals for Biological Monitoring and Physical and chemical parameters

Streamwatch - from [NSW] Community Water Quality Monitoring and Action Network

The Great Artesian Basin - from Department of Natural Resources and Water, Queensland

Murray Darling Basin Authority -

Salinity in Australia - from Department of the Environment and Heritage

Managing groundwater use in the Botany area - from Department of Natural Resources

Threats to Wetlands Information site fro NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

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Chemical impact on water systems

Control of water pollution from agriculture - detailed online book from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Pesticides - from Reading University, UK

Caring for our water - from Environmental Protection Agency Queensland

The Toxic School Syndrome in Australia - from Website Chemical Awareness in Schools

Resources - from Water Recycle Group- information site, with facts adn figures.

Water Pollution and Society - from University of Michigan

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Strategies to reduce water pollution

Water Efficiency- from Sydney Water

Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests - from CSIRO

Frequency of algal blooms - from OzEstuaries web site

Algal Bloom Dynamics in the Gippsland Lakes - (pdf 968.2kB)from EPA Victoria

Stream Restoration -Detailed and high level guidebook (pdf 2.61MB)from North Carolina State University

Willow Management for Australian Rivers -Special journal issue (pdf 590kB)from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Clean Up Australia and in particular the following campaigns

Save Water at Home

Cigarette butts and the environment (pdf 65.5kB)

Save Water 49 Ways - from American Water & Energy Savers

Protecting Watersheds American site with links to Realistic "how to" and "what to" lists

Radio National: Phosphorus Free Laundry Powder - interview on ABC Earthbeat, with Professor Peter Cullen, CRC for Freshwater Ecology, about the benefits of Phosphorous free laundry powders.

How green is my Laundry Powder? - Comparison of laundry brands (pdf 1.0MB) from Australian Conservation Foundation, scroll down to page 2

Blue-green algae

Toxic algal blooms - a sign of rivers under stress - from NOVA, Australian Academy of Science

Blue-Green Algae - from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Catchment phosphorus and Algal blooms - an information document from CSIRO( pdf278.8kB)



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Impact of local water pollution on global water

Coastal and Marine Pollution - from Department of Environment and Heritage

Stormwater Trust: Urban Stormwater Program - from Environmental Protection Agency, NSW

Kentucky Waterwatch: Water Resource Monitoring - outlines Biological Monitoring and Chemical Testing in Streams, from Kentucky State Water watch

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