What better way to document problems in an important Lake Erie tributary than by walking from its mouth to its
What are you doing to ensure the water, which drains from the building and property where you live, or where you work or where you go to school, is not polluting the source of your drinking water?
Whether you use groundwater, a well, or surface water, a river or lake, it’s all connected. So learning more about human activities that harm or protect entire watersheds should be your first course of action.
If you’re not worried about water pollution you should be.
Failing to cleanup and protect water resources leads to drinking water contamination, habitat degradation and beach closures. It affects the quality and quantity of wildlife and it also forces communities to pay huge amounts to make contaminated water drinkable.
Before people settled in the Lake Erie basin, streams typically ran clear year-round and the lake was unspoiled by human activities and pollutants.
People often don’t know how fragile their water source is until a major chemical spill or other problem makes it undrinkable.
Water quality problems in Lake Erie don’t begin at the shoreline. They begin in the subwatersheds that drain water from all the land surrounding the lake. So following the water provides the best reasons for a shared mission to restore and protect it.
Genuine learning is often wet, muddy, noisy and sometimes chaotic, but also an awesome way to engage any student in real problem-solving. Yet inadequate funding, lack of teacher training and policies that stress curriculum and testing targets keep many students cooped up in buildings. Not so for Pennsylvania and Ohio students and teachers participating in the Sea Grant-led NOAA Great Lakes B-WET watershed education and stewardship project.
Once an embarrassment, the Cuyahoga River now inspires people and demonstrates that cooperation, laws, a watershed approach and hard work are essential to repair and protect valuable water resources.
Sandusky Bay is the home of Cedar Point, a roller coaster destination that boasts spectacular views of Lake Erie from over 400 feet in the air. Each year more than seven million people flock to visit the region in Ohio that also includes Kelley’s,
A healthy Lake Erie is impossible if the water that feeds it is polluted.
The costs for pollution caused by past generations are enormous and the negative impacts still remain. Doesn’t it make sense to prevent new sources of pollution so future generations don’t have to pay insurmountable environmental and economic costs?
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