This video shows water throughout Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt and discusses the quality of the Greenbelt’s water compared to other places in the state.
Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions
- Why is Chichaqua’s water quality higher than the water quality of some other places?
- How can water be “clean” even though it sometimes looks dirty?
- How can we measure and improve water quality?
- Video conference with or meet a water quality engineer to find out how water quality is tested and what it means for water to be of “good” quality.
- Test and analyze water from different sources in their area.
- Research how wetlands improve water quality.
- Compare and contrast the water filtration that occurs in wetlands to how water treatment plants and small-scale filtration solutions (personal water filtration devices, solar distillation, etc.) work.
- Define a particular problem of water quality in their community or the world, including criteria and constraints.
- Choose between different solutions for that problem and justify their decision.
- Iowa State University Extension (Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program): Water Quality Issues: A short summary of water quality issues in Iowa, with great maps of the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River Basins.
- Southwest Florida Water Management District: Measuring Water Quality: Student-accessible background on measuring water quality.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Engineers Without Borders-USA Clean Water Curriculum: Includes a variety of activities for all grade levels inspired by a water quality project in Kenya.
- US Environmental Protection Agency: Wetlands Education for Students and Teachers: EPA resources about wetlands.
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources: AQuIA Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Database: Iowa DNR database of groundwater quality.
Iowa Core Alignment
Media produced by Iowa PBS.
Submitted by Dan Voss and Madison Beeler as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.