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Communities for Clean Water

Communities for Clean Water

Groundswell partnered with WGVU and the GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute to create a series of educational videos and lesson plans about nonpoint source pollution. This type of pollution is one of the biggest threats to healthy lakes, streams, and rivers.

  • Watch the videos to learn more about NPS pollution and what you can do to help protect our water.
  • Engage your students by using the accompanying lesson plans.

Videos and Lesson Plans

The videos and lesson plans cover the following topics:

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Lesson One: Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Pollution

The first video in the series introduces the concept of a watershed and sources of nonpoint source pollution.

Classroom Lesson: What is a Watershed?

Students are introduced to scientific models that help them conceptualize watersheds and their importance for managing nonpoint sources of pollution.

Students will be able to:

  1. Construct and test a model of a watershed.
  2. Trace the connection of their watershed to the Grand River and Lake Michigan.
  3. Identify nonpoint sources of pollution and their relative impacts in various parts of the Lower Grand River Watershed.

Lesson 1: Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Pollution

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Lesson Two: Managing Excess Sediment

The second video in the series discusses sediment pollution and its impacts on water quality.

Classroom Lesson: Managing Excess Sediment

Students focus on the role of excess sediment as a major type of nonpoint source pollution affecting the Lower Grand River Watershed.

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify sediment as a major nonpoint source pollutant.
  2. Predict the movement of sediment based on soil physical characteristics.
  3. Indicate the relative impact of excess sediment in various parts of the Lower Grand River Watershed.
  4. Explore ways to reduce excess sediment loads.

Lesson 2: Managing Excess Sediment

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Lesson Three: Managing Pathogens

The third video in the series discusses pathogen pollution and its impacts on water quality.

Classroom Lesson: Managing Pathogens

Students focus on the role of pathogens as a major type of nonpoint source pollution affecting the Lower Grand River Watershed.

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify pathogens as a major nonpoint source pollutant.
  2. Determine how pathogens enter into a lake, river, or stream system.
  3. Indicate the relative impact of pathogens in various parts of the Lower Grand River Watershed.
  4. Explore ways to reduce pathogens in our local water bodies.

Lesson 3: Managing Pathogens

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Lesson Four: Managing Excess Nutrients

The fourth video in the series discusses nutrient pollution and its impacts on water quality.

Classroom Lesson: Managing Excess Nutrients

Students focus on the role of excess nutrients as a major type of nonpoint source pollution affecting the Lower Grand River Watershed.

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify nutrients as a major nonpoint source pollutant.
  2. Determine how nutrients get into a river or stream system and potential effects of nutrients in the waterways.
  3. Indicate the relative impact of nutrients in various parts of the Lower Grand River Watershed.
  4. Explore ways to reduce nutrient inputs to local waterbodies.

Lesson 4: Managing Excess Nutrients

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