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. (2) ​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 variety of resources focusing on water education and conservation: 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 at home; Outdoor water conservation. (6) Benthic algae distribution and structure - Tennessee Tech University. (7) ​Cacapon Institute's - Potomac Highlands Watershed School. (8) Children's Water Festival Manual. (9) Citizen Science Cooperative: A diverse group of volunteers, researchers, and program administrators dedicated to promoting & enhancing citizen science opportunities. (10) Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands. (11) ​Earth's Water: How much water is there; where is the water; how does it move around? (12) ​Environmental Education (EE) Activities with a focus on water resources. (13) Fluvial geomorphology module - New York College. (14) FracFocus a national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry. (15)Freshwater Algae - Connecticut College; Click-Here for a more detailed key. (16) GPS Latitude and Longitude converter converts various types coordinate systems from one format to another - Latitude and Longitude conversions: DMS -> DD (xls file). (17) 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. (19) Understading the importance of headwater streams. (20​) Izaak 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). (21) ​Large Woody Debris Survey Manual - Northwest Fisheries Commission. (22) Leave No Trace (LNT) Center has developed the Citizen Science tool kit as a guide to implementing LNT citizen science programming in diverse natural areas. Click-Here to learn more. (23) ​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. (24) Natural Channel Design Handbook - Prepared by NC Stream Restoration Institute. (25) ​Natural Resource Conservation Service's educational resources for teachers and students. (26) Ohio's Stream Management Guide Natural Stream Processes. (27)Periodic Table of Elements. (28) Project Wet - Water education for teacher's. (29) Rapid geomorphic assessment picture key - University of Maine. (30) River Networks virtual training: Water quality standards. (31) Stream Functions Pyramid - A tool for assessing success of stream restoration projects. (32) Streambank Restoration Using Willows - MO’s Stream Team Program. (33) Stream Photo Documentation Procedures - TAC Visual Assessment Workgroup. (34) The importance of headwater streams. (35) 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. (36) USEPA Nonpoint Source (NPS) toolbox. (37) ​USGS Water Quality Information: Frequently Asked Questions. (38) Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring National Facilitation Project - A partnership with USDA and the land grant colleges and universities. (39) Volunteer Monitoring Program Directory. (40) Implementing Water Conservation throughout your home. Even more on home water conservation HERE. (41) The Water Conservation Guide. (42) Water terminology - A glossary of water words from USGS. (43) Wild and Scenic River Act 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. Click-Here to learn more. (44) Wolfs and Rivers: Watch a facebook video that discusses the effects of the re-introduction of wolfs on Yellowstone's ecosystems. (45) WV Conservation Agency’s Watershed Resource Center. (46) WV Dept. of Environmental Protection's - Enviro Fact Sheets. (47) WV Rivers Coalition: Sourewater Protection toolkit and Stormwater toolkit. (48) Model My Watershed is a Stroud Water Research Center - WikiWatershed initiative. Click-Here to learn more.   

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.