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- Humans and the Water Cycle - Islandwood/King County (Elementary)
- Wastewater; Lott Activities Book
- Stormwater - King County (Elementary)
- Community Waters: Engineering Stormwater Solutions with Plants- Islandwood/Seattle Public Utility (Elementary)
- Landforms - King County (Elementary)
- Stormwater - King County (Elementary and Secondary)
- Drain Rangers Engineering Stormwater Solutions (Elementary and Secondary)
- Protecting Our Liquid Assets (Primary and Secondary) - This Vashon Island course provides students with the first steps along the path of ecological understanding, with the hope that their future steps will be considered and measured, serving the interests of all life.
- Puget Sound Starts Here: Engineering Solutions (Secondary) - Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one threat to the water quality of the Puget Sound
- Nature Conservancy topics
- Nature Works Everywhere: How Natural Areas Filter Water (Secondary) - Nature works to filter water and to release water over time, thereby reducing the amount of artificial treatment needed to filter water and helping to prevent flooding. In this lesson, students learn about the importance of water quality for human health and agriculture.
- Nature Works Everywhere: Washington Nature Stormwater Information
- Nature Works Everywhere: How Dirt Works (Secondary) - Soil sustains plant and animal life, regulates water, filters pollutants, cycles nutrients, and supports structures.
- Nature Works Everywhere: Urban Runoff: Design a School Stormwater Management Plan (Secondary) - This lesson introduces students to the problem of urban runoff and a variety of nature-based design ideas and solutions.
- Nature Works Everywhere: Sustainable Cities: Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Design (Secondary) - They will describe their vision of a sustainable city, identify the challenges facing cities, and discover the ecosystem services provided by nature.
- Nature Works Everywhere: City Habitats (Elementary and Secondary)
- Nature Works Everywhere: Washington Nature Stormwater Information (Elementary and Secondary)
Natural Yard Care
- King County Wastewater Programs (4th-12th grade; in-classroom and at Brightwater & South Treatment Plant)
- IslandWood (at Brightwater): Humans and the Water Cycle (Elementary and early Secondary) - In this field experience students observe what happens to the water used in their homes once it arrives at Brightwater and discover how their daily actions influence the Puget Sound watershed.
- King County Stormwater Programs (4th-12th grade; in-classroom and at Brightwater & South Treatment Plant)
- Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center: Water Testing (Secondary) - Don gloves and goggles as you determine the pH and dissolved oxygen levels of water samples from Mercer Slough. What do these tests tell about the health of the ecosystem?
- IslandWood (at Brightwater): Freshwater Ecosystem Investigation (Elementary) - In this field experience, students engage in the scientific process by comparing aquatic macroinvertebrates from two pond ecosystems in the Brightwater Center natural area.
- IslandWood (at Brightwater): Landforms Investigation (Elementary) - Students will conduct field investigation in the Brightwater Center natural area, studying erosion, deposition, properties of streams, and run-off.
- King Conservation District: Wheels on Water (K-6th grade) - Free school age field trips that give students a better understanding of water and soil conservation as well as stormwater protection.
- Nature Vision: Watershed Connections (Elementary and Secondary) - One hour in classroom presentation that highlights the challenges our local watershed faces with stormwater runoff.
- Nature Vision: Stream Connections (Elementary and Secondary)- A Nature Vision educator will meet your class at your local stream and facilitate a variety of activities related to salmon and the effects of stormwater.
- Nature Vision: Wetland Connections (Elementary and Secondary) - A Nature Vision educator will meet your class at your local wetland, retention pond, or location of your choice to facilitate activities that show the importance of these unique ecosystems in helping manage the effects of stormwater runoff.
- Nature Vision: Blue Teams (Elementary and Secondary) - Blue Teams are groups of kindergarden-12th grade students who commit to taking on and completing a watershed stewardship project.
- STC Kits: Land and Water (Elementary) - Land and Water invites students to manipulate their stream table model, create hills, build dams, and grow vegetation to observe how these things affect land and water interactions.
- Salish Sea Expeditions: SOURCE Program - This land-based program is focused on supporting students in investigation of their local watershed, building awareness about water quality and stormwater issues in the Puget Sound region.
- Leaping Frog: Illahee: Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time Video (Secondary) - [Illahee] is an inspirational story of a community’s effort to preserve and restore a forest, a salmon stream, and Puget Sound
- Sustainability Ambassadors: Videos (Secondary)
- Washington Stormwater Center: Supplemental Videos (Secondary)
- Drain Rangers: When It Rain it Pours – great general context for stormwater (Elementary-Secondary)
- Drain Rangers: Stormwater Solutions – great general context for stormwater (Elementary-Secondary)
- Drain Rangers: Four Rain Drop - Teacher video – cover engineering design standards for the classroom modules in the Drain Ranger Cirriculum (Elementary-Secondary)
- Drain Rangers: Dirty Stormwater Runoff - Advanced Engineered Solutions – cover engineering design standards for the classroom modules in the Drain Ranger Cirriculum (Elementary-Secondary)
King County Wastewater Treatment Division offers a variety of resources to educators to support bringing clean water education into the classroom. The kits listed below are available for check out to use in your classroom.
To check out a kit from the Brightwater Education Center, CONTACT:
- Katelyn Hunt, coordinator
|Unit name||Unit purpose||Unit objectives|
|Wastewater for Wee Ones (K-2 grade)||
|Wonders of Wastewater (grades 3-5)||
The following titles are available from the King County Library System:
- The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2008.
- Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow. New York: New Press, 2008.
- Everyone Poops by Gomi Taro. Brooklyn, New York: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1993.
- Flush! Treating Wastewater by Karen Mueller Coombs. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1995.
- Invisible Allies: Microbes that Shape Our Lives by Jeanette Farrell. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.
- Toilets of the World by Morna Gregory and Sian James. London: Merrell, 2006.
- Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It by Robert Glennon. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2009.
- Water: A Special Issue by National Geographic. 2010.
- King County: Online Publications (Elementary and Secondary) - This web page is a useful resource for students doing research on local environmental issues. Online publications, including reports, newsletters, and brochures
- Wastewater Treatment Methods & Disposal (ENV 149, Mountain Empire Community College)
- Water properties and measurements (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Water-related public health topics (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- What is Nonpoint Source Pollution? (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Environmental resources for teachers and students
- King County wetlands
- Puget Sound marine topics
- Resource recovery
Wastewater treatment in King County
- Cedar Hills Regional Landfill provides information to school field trips, organizations, and the general public about what happens to garbage after it leaves your home and what happens to all the trash collected at the transfer facility.
- Cedar River Watershed Education Center offers school field trips, public tours, and an environmental education facility.
- Islandwood Environmental Center offers field trips at their Bainbridge Island campus and at Brightwater Center, day camps, and teacher professional development. They also offer public tours and community programs.
- Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Education Program offers field trips and programming for 4th-12th grade students in King County with high-quality, science-based outdoor learning opportunities. They are also a Wheels to Water partner.
New information is continually emerging about the natural and synthetic chemicals people dispose of every day in their sinks and toilets. While scientists nationally and internationally study the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), King County is taking several preventive steps to protect public health and the environment (refer to fact sheet).
Downloads and resources
- Fact Sheet: Endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment , October 2007
- Fact Sheet insert: Endocrine disrupting chemicals that are potentially of concern and Filtration treatment process , October 2007
- Survey of Endocrine Disruptors in King County Surface Waters , issued April 2007
Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals and chemicals in our personal care products (shampoos, lotions, perfume, bug sprays) are present in our nation's waterbodies. Research suggests that certain chemicals in drugs and personal care products may cause ecological harm.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations are committed to investigating this topic and developing strategies to help protect the health of both the environment and the public. To date, scientists have found no evidence of adverse human health effects from PPCPs in the environment. Learn more about: