Official web sites for the International Year of Freshwater

International Year of Freshwater 2003 - UNESCO site
http://www.wateryear2003.org/

International Year of Freshwater 2003 - Official Australian Site
http://www.freshwater2003.gov.au/

National Science Week - information site
http://www.scienceweek.info.au

Background information and resources

Water for People - Water for Life: The United Nations World Water Development Report Executive Summary - a 36 page pdf file from United Nations
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/water/WWDR-english-129556e.pdf

Freshwater - a Global Resource - from Environment Australia - includes information on Australia's response to Agenda 21
http://www.ea.gov.au/water/freshwater

We All Use Water: The Flyers - a set of 30 fact sheets that can be downloaded in pdf from Australian Water Association
http://www.awa.asn.au/education/page3.asp

Module 4 - Physical and Chemical Parameters - from Waterwatch Australia National Technical Manual, online or download in pdf
http://www.waterwatch.org.au/library/module-4/

Virtual field trips to some Australian wetlands

Wonga Wetlands on the Murray River
http://www.wongawetlands.nsw.gov.au/

The Wetlands Centre, Australia - formerly known as the Shortland Wetlands, Newcastle
http://users.hunterlink.net.au/~maatb/


Stages 4 & 5

Online Collaborations

Take A Dip - from Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology
Students team up with other students around the globe to test fresh water, comparing the water quality of local rivers, streams, lakes or ponds with other freshwater sources around the world, runs from August 9 to November 14
http://k12science.stevens-tech.edu/curriculum/dipproj2/en/

The Global Water Sampling Project: An investigation of Water Quality - from Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology
Students team up with other students around the globe to test fresh water, comparing the water quality of local rivers, streams, lakes or ponds with other freshwater sources around the world, runs from August 9 to November 14
http://k12science.stevens-tech.edu/curriculum/waterproj/index.shtml

WebQuests and other online activities
A hotlist for the International Year of Freshwater - from J. Knox of St John's Grammar School, South Australia
This activity utilizes many examples that are specific to South Australia.
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listwaterj.html
Interactives

Stream Scene - from Amaroo Environmental Education Centre, Queensland
These activities provide students with the opportunity to investigate the health of a freshwater stream by testing the turbidity, temperature, pH and salinity and studying the invertebrates that can be found in the stream. Level 2 activities are suitable for Stage 4 & 5 students.
http://www.amarooeec.eq.edu.au/activities/streamscene/streamscene.html

Projects

YellowFishRoad - is a voluntary group that aims to increase community awareness by stencilling slogans on garters and curbs. Find out how your school can become involved in this community project.
http://www.yellowfishroad.com.au/yellowfishroad.html

Online Publications

Watershed - newsletter of the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, select Main Menu, then Publications
http://enterprise.canberra.edu.au/WWW/www-crcfe.nsf/


K-6

Online Collaborations

Down the Drain: How much water do you use? - from Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology
This ongoing collaborative project investigates whether people in other countries use more or less water that you do.
http://k12science.stevens-tech.edu/curriculum/drainproj/

WebQuests and other online activities

Freshwater Fury: an online learning opportunity - prepared by Mandie Gardiner from St Michael's College, Caboolture
This is a game set around eight challenges. As each challenge is completed, the students are rewarded with a gemstone. Identifying the gemstones and rearranging the first letter of their names will identify one villain that causes pollution of our waterways. Each challenge also provides a hint to the identity of the villain. Most challenges consist of a series of questions which require access to a specific web page through links which are provided. However, other challenges require specific resources such as charts and books which may not be readily available in all schools.
http://www.e-magination.org/freshwater/freshwater1.htm

Interactives

Creek Rescue - from Queensland Waterwatch
Help Freckles the frog identify ten items in the scene that might lead to the pollution of the river. At any time, the health of the river can be checked using the water testing equipment.
http://www.qld.waterwatch.org.au/kids/waterwatchgame.html

Stream Scene - from Amaroo Environmental Education Centre, Queensland
These activities provide students with the opportunity to investigate the health of a freshwater stream by testing the turbidity, temperature, pH and salinity and studying the invertebrates that can be found in the stream. Level 1 activities are suitable for K-6 students.
http://www.amarooeec.eq.edu.au/activities/streamscene/streamscene.html

Fact Sheets
Interactive Fact Sheets - from KESAB Patawalong and Torrens Waterwatch, South Australia, includes stormwater, wetlands, groundwater
http://www.cwmb.sa.gov.au/kwc/interactive/
Projects

YellowFishRoad - is a voluntary group that aims to increase community awareness by stencilling slogans on garters and curbs. Find out how your school can become involved in this community project.
http://www.yellowfishroad.com.au/yellowfishroad.html
and download the great colouring-in maze at
http://www.yellowfishroad.com.au/forkids/colouringbook.html

Web sites

What about Catchments - from Catchment Boards of South Australia
Check out this series of teacher's notes, overheads, classroom activities, facts sheets and games (some very specific to SA
http://www.cwmb.sa.gov.au/kwc/section1/

Stormwater - from NSW Environment Protection Authority
Developed for Human SOciety and the Environment Stage 2 syllabus with activities covering stormwater and wastewater
http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/stormwater/

Water Science for Schools - surveys and questionnaires, from United States Geological Survey
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu

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