General Knowledge, Science
- USGS USA National Water Quality Dashboard
- USGS USA Tablero de Recursos Hídricos Nacionales
- Water — Open Access Journal, peer-reviewed journal on water science and technology, including the ecology and management of water resources.
- The USA’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Education offers curriculum supplements for K–12 science teachers.
- Infographic: Water Quality Around the World (graphic)
- Hydroponics for Backyard Gardens
- US EPA — National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
Some of the basics:
- Popular: What Is Capillary Action? Great, fun refresher for adults, even better for homeschooling and grade school children.
- Why Groundwater Matters
- Water and Forests
- What Does a Water-Treatment Plant Do?
- What is El Niño (¡and La Niña!), and how does it affect the weather?
- NEW: How to Talk: “The Way We Talk About Water Matters: Insights from the 2022 National Waterways Literacy Survey”
Deal with Hurricanes and Floods
Thanks to Mickey Taylor at floodsafety.info for these links:
- Flash Flood Safety and Damage Prevention Guide
- Building Your Disaster Supply Kit
- What to Do to Keep Your Dog Safe Before and During a Flood
- What you should do if you get stuck driving in floodwaters
- How to Recover After a Hurricane
- Safe Cleaning After a Home Flood – What You Need to Know
- Mold and Flooded Homes
Testing Methods, Equipment, Procedures
- Remembering the basics: “Why is Water Quality Monitoring Important?”
- From USGS: National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data
- “NEMI is a searchable database that allows scientists and managers to find and compare analytical and field methods for all phases of environmental monitoring.”
- Inexpensive chemical water-testing kits
- Detect Water Leaks with the 10-Minute WaterSense Challenge
- Comprehensive: the USGS Water Science School’s Surface Water Information
- The ABC’s of Stormwater Pollution Prevention — educator resources from the City of Los Angeles Watershed Protection Program.
Comprehensive: the USGS Water Science School’s Groundwater
Tracking microplastic pollution to its sources will usually require identifying the particular plastics and, only then, its likely sources. One of only two public-access databases can be used with the assistance of tech instructions published in Nature.com publication Scientific Data:
“A Raman spectral reference library of potential anthropogenic and biological ocean polymer”
- Daily Digest of California Water News — Maven’s Notebook does a superb job staying on top of the Golden State’s latest.
- California Water Library — an independently compiled collection of articles and reports covering all facets of California water.
- Groundwater Exchange — focusing on California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, this is an activity of the California Water Library
- John Hart :: Writer — love of land and love of language meet in the work of poet and environmental journalist John Hart.