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Links on this page include organizations and projects primarily concerned with education on freshwater-related issues--preservation of wetlands and watersheds, and water quality protection.

An international, interdisciplinary, water education program for formal & nonformal educators of students 5-18. Activities are designed to satisfy the goals of educational programs by complementing existing curricula rather than displacing or adding more concepts. Also provide many opportunities to address curriculum objectives & ed standards. Grade Level: K-12 NPEE Review
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The Groundwater Foundation      
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching people of all ages to care for and about groundwater. The site offers a section covering groundwater basics, what it is and why it is important, as well as a kids section full of educational activities and games.
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ClearWater Initiative    
ClearWater Initiative is a small non-governmental charitable organization that strives to provide clean, potable water solutions to populations in need. The organization was founded in 2007 by an American soldier deployed to Northern Uganda in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His passion and desire to help victims of conflict in the region inspired him to build the ClearWater Initiative.
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Global Directory of Marine and Freshwater Professionals (GLODIR)    
" excellent resource that helps marine and freshwater scientists and graduate students contact other researchers and learn about their publications. Developed and maintained by UNESCO (IOC), the site hosts a database of over 10,000 records, with information on individuals from around the world involved in all aspects of marine or freshwater research and management."
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Give Water A Hand      
National organization that offers student materials for grades K-5 and additional teacher resources, with FREE, downloadable guidebook in English and Spanish. A program of the University of Wisconsin - Environmental Resources Center.
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World Day for Water    
The world celebrates the World Day for Water on 22 March. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is promoting water-related activities organised by associations focussing on water issues from across the world.
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Rivers Project    
A water quality monitoring project for high school students, based at Southern Illinois University. Components include curriculum development and teacher training.
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Cacapon Institute Web Page    
The Cacapon Institute is a science and education based non-profit organization with a professional staff working to protect and preserve the rivers of the Potomac Highlands.
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Watershed Management Group    
Mission is to improve rural & urban communities through the sustainable management of shared natural resources. Promote, coordinate, & implement activities that conserve water, soil, & biological resources at the watershed level utilizing integrated management practices, collaborative decision-making, & sound scientific principle.
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Living Water    
Living Water is a nonprofit "partnership applying ecological principles to solve a range of water and waste problems from households, communities, agriculture, landfills and industry." Contains ordering information for 'Beo', an environmental co-operative board game and educational resource concerned with global environmental issues.
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Groundwater Guardian      
"Groundwater Guardian encourages communities to begin and enhance groundwater awareness and protection activities, supports the community in their efforts, and recognizes their achievements." Information about current Groundwater Guardian Communities can be accessed via a searchable online database.
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National Marine Educators Association    
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water--both fresh and salt. NMEA provides a valuable focus for marine and aquatic studies world-wide. Includes professionals in Education, Science, Business, Government, Museums, Aquariums and Marine Research.
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Water Environment Federation - Student Resources    
"A not-for-profit technical and educational organization, WEF's goal is to preserve and enhance the global water environment." Educational materials for grades K-12 and spanish speakers are available in PDF format; also, resources for teachers and information on organizing a water festival.
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Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)    
American Water Works Association (AWWA), with support from the US EPA online resource for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC). Site

includes links to key agencies involved in national infrastructure

protection, and will provide water systems with timely notices of both physical and electronic threats.
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Clean Water Action    
News, legislation, action, campaigns, national & state water programs around water issues and updates in the U.S.
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Water Education Foundation (WEF)    
"The mission of WEF is to create a better understanding of water issues and help resolve water resource problems through educational programs." Information on CA water issues, educational programs, events, products, and publications. Online ordering available.
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Water Environment Research Foundation    
A non-profit organization "providing a balanced water quality research program addressing current wastewater research needs and forecasting future directions. The foundation was established to advance science and technology for the water quality profession and promote the application of sound science and objective information to better serve the public."
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Globe Program    
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment - GLOBE involves students from over 80 countries in collecting local environmental data. Observations are shared between schools and with scientists via the Internet.
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American Rivers Online    
Help save Snake River Salmon and participate in other online projects. The official Web site of North America's leading national river-conservation organization.
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Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation    
Nonprofit organization whose mission is to "increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring this nation's aquatic natural resources."
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Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN)    
An interdisciplinary/multi-objective approach to providing public access to environmental information with a strong watershed/place-based approach. Resources include: K-12 activities and projects, watershed related information and updates on current events. BASIN is one of eight EPA EMPACT projects.
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WaterWiser - The Water Efficiency Clearinghouse    
This site is dedicated to issues concerning water conservation and water efficiency. Contains a searchable database of water references. Online ordering available. A program of the American Water Works Association.
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Wet in the City    
"WET in the City is an urban environmental education program of the Council for Environmental Education (CEE) that focuses on water resources." The Curriculum and Activity Guide includes K-12 activities selected from the popular Project WET to specifically address the water education needs of urban educators.
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Great Lakes Schoolship - A Floating Classroom    
"Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a floating classroom where people of all ages can gain first-hand training and experience in the Great Lakes ecosystem."
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Wetlands Web Walk    
"Wetlands Web Walk offers insight and information on finding partners, identifying needs, fundraising and maintaining momentum for community outreach efforts, as well as an overview of innovative wetlands-education projects developed and implemented by League of Women Voters chapters across the country."
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GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network)      
This Earth Force program offers educators and watershed organizations a family of integrated services and tools to engage youth in improving their water resources. The new GREEN website offers users a place where they can enter and track data, download classroom activities, follow a step-by-step action process to improve a waterway, upload projects stories and photos

and more.
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What's a Watershed?    
Comprehensive information on local and national area watersheds, organizations, activities, community activism. On-line video plus web-based, water quality training course, presented by Purdue University (CTIC) Conservation Technology Information Center.
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Watersheds Unite    
A group of geographers commited to water quality issues within Iowa. Current projects include connecting volunteer water quality monitors within the state and helping teachers to get involved with environmental education opportunities.
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Friends of the Rouge: Rouge Education Project    
"A local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River (MI) through education and citizen involvement." Resources include monitoring data, a listserv, teaching materials and training workshops.
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Creek Connections    
Creek Connections has forged an effective partnership between Allegheny College and regional schools to turn waterways in western Pennsylvania into outdoor environmental laboratories. Emphasizing an investigation of local waterways, this project involves a hands-on, inquiry based, natural science education for a number of different schools. Water Quality data is posted online.
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Whitman Announces Water Protection Task Force    
From the EPA Environmental News Press Release October 5, 2001. "EPA Administrator Christie Whitman today announced the establishment of a water protection task force at the Agency that will be charged with helping federal, state and local partners to expand their tools to safeguard the nation's drinking water supply from terrorist attack."
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Carolina Estuarine Reserve Foundation    
CERF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the acquisition and protection of a diverse system of coastal natural areas to advance research, education and partnerships. Field trip information and Estuary related educational materials are available online.
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The Missouri Watershed Information Network (MoWIN)    
"MoWIN provides assistance in locating and accessing information relative to Missouri watersheds." Resources include: educational resources, agricultural and NR contact information, grants and funding information, and general watershed resources (Mo and Federal).
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Terrene Institute Water Pollution & Wetlands Education - K-12    
Non-profit organization that promotes accurate and balanced education of environmental issues, primarily focused on water pollution prevention and wetland issues. Terrene offers posters and publications for the K-12 teacher and beyond.
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EPA's Wetlands Home Page    
"This site provides facts about monitoring wetlands and assessing water quality, the text of pertinent laws and regulations, information about getting involved in partnership and stewardship programs, plus links to a variety of Internet resources."
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Lifewater Canada    
"Lifewater's on-line tutorial teaches: what groundwater is, how to drill wells and build hand pumps and what tests ensure that you have safe drinking water."
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USGS National Wetlands Research Center    
"The National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) is a source and clearinghouse of scientific information about wetlands for industry wide users as well as the public."
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Ramsar Convention on Wetlands    
Information on Ramsar's partnerships with various environmental groups, a Wise Use Resource Center, an internet wetlands library, photographs of wetlands and uses of them, and a forum for interchange of ideas.
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Society of Wetland Scientists    
The site offers resources for professionals as well as students, including a Student Research Grants Program, profiles of wetlands academic programs, and teaching aids. SWS sponsors or participates in numerous conferences and training courses every year, and provides an international job listing page.
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Adobe Creek Restoration Project    
This site outlines a project undertaken by Casa Grande High School in California that restored a creek the state had labeled "dead."
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USGS Water Resources Outreach Program & Poster Series - K-12    
An initiative of the US Geological Survey, to develop an awareness of water resources for K-12

students. Includes a poster series and educational training packages (FREE).
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American Heritage Rivers Initiative    
This program was developed to help communities restore and revitalize waters and waterfronts by integrating the economic, environmental and historic preservation programs and services of federal agencies to benefit communities engaged in efforts to protect their rivers.
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Clean Water Pipe Council    
The Clean Water Pipe Council is an advocacy group focused on the health, environmental, safety, and sustainability issues surrounding rigid PVC plastic and the water pipe made from it. Founded in July 2007, by a consortium of North American businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and concerned citizens, the Clean Water Pipe Council is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade organization. The goal is to accumulate and disseminate information about the distribution of safe, clean drinking water, and to ensure the quality of drinking water in municipal water systems.
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