Watershed Education Resources

Watershed Education: In order to better understand stream ecology you should have knowledge of a variety of subjects.  This list provides some additional information that will expand upon your current knowledge.  Note: Many of the links below are or include portable document files.

1) Amphibians and Reptiles of West Virginia - Marshall University’s Herpetology Dept.
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AmphibiaWeb is an online system that provides access to information on amphibian declines, conservation, natural history, and taxonomy
3) Aquatic Invertebrate Lesson Plans  
4) ​An introduction to the Properties of Water 
​5) A wide variety of websites that focus on kid's water education:
Children's Water Education Council; Clean Water Education Partnership; US EPA's Water Education Resources; USGS Water Science School; Water Conservation; Water Education FoundationWater Conservation: Ideas for kids to share at home 
6) Benthic algae distribution and structure - Tennessee Tech University
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Cacapon Institute's Potomac Highlands Watershed School 
8) Children's Water Festival Manual 
Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands
10) Conserving water in and around the home
11) ​Earth's Water: How much water is there; where is the water; how does it move around?
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Environmental Education (EE) Activities with a focus on water resources
Fluvial geomorphology module - New York College
FracFocus a national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry
15)Freshwater Algae - Connecticut College;
Click-Here for a more detailed key 
GPS Latitude and Longitude converter converts various types coordinate systems from one format to another - Latitude and Longitude conversions: DMS -> DD (xls file)
Guides for growing volunteer monitoring programs
18) Healthy Rivers: A Water Course is an online or CD-ROM program that helps the user understand the ecology, management and stewardship or river and stream systems 
Understading the importance of headwater streams 
20​) Iaak Walton Leagur of America's Save Our Streams Program and information sheets: 3-bin composters; Bug aquariums; Model watersheds; Rain barrels, and the 
Action Packet (copyright materials)  
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Large Woody Debris Survey Manual - Northwest Fisheries Commission 
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Marcellous Resources: General information and education WVU Extension Service; Marcellous maps WV Geologic and Econmomic Survey;  WV Surface Owners Rights Organization; Monitoring resources Dickinson College Alarm Program; Click-Here to learn more about the shale gas industry
Natural Channel Design Handbook - Prepared by NC Stream Restoration Institute
24) ​Natural Resource Conservation Service's educational resources for 
teachers and students  
25) Ohio's Stream Management Guide
Natural Stream Processes
Periodic Table of Elements
27) Project Wet - Water education for teacher's
Rapid geomorphic assessment picture key - University of Maine 
29) River Networks virtual training: Water quality standards
30) Stream Functions Pyramid - A tool for assessing success of stream restoration projects
Streambank Restoration Using Willows - MO’s Stream Team Program
Stream Photo Documentation Procedures - TAC Visual Assessment Workgroup
33) The importance of headwater streams 
34) USEPA's Watershed Academy provides training and information on implementing watershed approaches.  It provides self-paced modules, webinars etc. from experts across a broad range of waterhsed topics.
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USGS Water Quality Information: Frequently Asked Questions
36) Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring
National Facilitation Project - A partnership with USDA and the land grant colleges and universities
Volunteer Monitoring Program Directory - On Google Maps 
38) Ideas for implementing
water conservation throughout your home
Water terminology - A glossary of common water words from USGS
40) Wild and Scenic River Act (Public Law 90-542; 16 USC 1271 et seq) was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. There is a rigerous nomination process. The National Park Service encourages developing State, Federal and local partnerships to nominate your river-candidate. The Bluestone River is the only Wild and Scenic designee in West Virginia. Click-Here to learn more
Wolfs and Rivers: Watch a facebook video that discusses the effects of the re-introduction of wolfs on Yellowstone's ecosystems. 
42) WV Conservation Agency’s
Watershed Resource Center 
43) WV Dept. of Environmental Protection's -
Enviro Fact Sheets 
44) WV Rivers Coalition -
Sourewater Protection Toolkit: A Citizen's Guide

If you are aware of additional resources that may be useful to volunteer stream monitors, please send them to the Coordinator.  They may be added here on in other sections of the website at the discretion of the Coordinator.