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AirData: Access to Air Pollution Data
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The AirData Web site gives you access to air pollution data for the entire United States. Want to know the highest ozone level measured in your state last year? Ever wonder where air pollution monitoring sites are located? Are there sources of air pollution in your town? You can find out here! AirData produces reports and maps of air pollution data based on criteria that you specify.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Bon Voyage to Bad Boating Habits
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Students will learn about common boating-related threats to waterways. They will learn about the problems created in waterways by recreational boaters and discuss ways boaters can change their behaviors to reduce their impact on waterways. Students will also learn about the history of water pollution through a study of the Cuyahoga River. They will create a commercial to raise awareness about boating-related pollution. Exercises will also help students explore the reliability of information on the Internet by comparing various articles on MTBE, a common gasoline additive that can contribute to water pollution, and expose students to the problems associated with unintentionally transporting invasive species in ballast water. An experiment that will help students visualize measurements parts per million is also included.

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U.S. History
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Drinking Water: Kids' Stuff
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This site teaches kids about the importance of safe drinking water through teaching and learning resources such as an activity on how to build your own aquifer, experiments on the water treatment process, and the drinking water art project.

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Environmental Science
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Explorers' Club
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This is a place where kids can learn about the environment and the Environmental Protection Agency. It features plants and animals, air, water, people and the environment, recycling, and a clubhouse area containing art, a game room, a science room, and a trophy room listing the winners of the President's Environmental Youth Award.

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Gulf Coast Geology
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This website is part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program. The program includes projects encompassing everything from improving septic systems to planting seagrass to protecting habitats. All projects aim to improve the ecological and economical health of the region. The site provides information about Gulf Coast geology as well as links to information about the Ice Age.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Improving Old MacDonald's Farm
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This exercise is designed to further explore topics addressed in the accompanying article. Students work through calculations to determine how much fertilizer is needed to meet a plant's nutrient requirements. From these calculations, students draw conclusions about the most cost-effective and environmentally sound farming practices.

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Improving Old MacDonald's Farm
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This exercise is designed to further explore topics addressed in the accompanying article. Students work through calculations to determine how much fertilizer is needed to meet a plant's nutrient requirements. From these calculations, students draw conclusions about the most cost-effective and environmentally sound farming practices.

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Join a Stream Team
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Activities offer students the opportunity to learn about multiple facets of waterbodies and pollution, including aquatic life (indicator species), local concerns, and public outreach through research, teamwork, and role-playing exercises.

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Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
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This site helps students answer questions about pesticides and toxic chemicals used around the house. It explains how to read labels and what to do in case of an accident. An online home tour invites students to identify pesticides and toxic substances in a typical kitchen, garage, laundry room, bathroom, and bedroom.

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Reading
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
RadTown USA
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Radiation is natural and all around us. It can be man-made too. But it's nothing new. It is, quite simply, part of our lives. RadTown USA is a virtual community showing a wide variety of radiation sources and uses as you may encounter them in everyday life. Explore this interactive, virtual community of houses, schools, laser light shows, construction equipment, flying planes, and moving trains. Each place in RadTown helps you learn about radiation sources or radiation- treated items you might find there.

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Recycle City
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Welcome to Recycle City! There's lots to do here - people and places to visit and plenty of ways to explore how the city's residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste. To get started, just click on any section of Recycle City that you want to tour, or click on the Dumptown Game. You can create your own Recycle City scavenger hunt or go to the Activities area and see other ways you can explore Recycle City. When you leave this place, you'll know much more about what you can do to help protect the environment.

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Risk Assessment for Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide
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This EPA fact sheet provides easy-to-understand information about air pollution and how it affects human health. Topics include health risks, exposure assessment, dose-response relationships, risk assessment, and risk characterization. Simple diagrams and pictures support the text.

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Reading
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Streams in the City
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These exercises are designed to guide a student to an understanding of how rainfall and storm events result in runoff over the surface of the earth. Runoff is influenced by the nature of the surface of the earth. Streamflow is particularly influenced by urbanization-the paving over of permeable surfaces with impermeable ones. In light of this, students are encouraged to think about design elements that incorporate more permeable surfaces into their own environments, including their school parking lots and neighborhoods.

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Thirstin's Groundwater Movement Activity
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Ground water must be able to move through underground materials at rates fast enough to supply useful amounts of water to wells or springs in order for those materials to be classified as an aquifer. For water to move in an aquifer, some of the pores and fractures must be connected to each other. Water moves through different materials at different rates, faster through gravel, slower through sand, and even slower through clay. Gravels and sands are possible aquifers; clays usually are not aquifers. The following activity demonstrates how different sizes of rock materials that make up an aquifer affect water movement.

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Toxic Release Inventory Explorer
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The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Explorer provides access to the Toxics Release Inventory data to help communities identify facilities, chemical disposal, or other release patterns that warrant further study and analysis. Users can create maps or reports with the TRI Explorer tool. Users can create maps or reports with the TRI Explorer tool.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Data
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EPA has many data sources available, these cover topics including but not limited to air, climate change, health risks, pollutants and contaminants, waste, and water. The data are downloadable and available through the Environmental Dataset Gateway (EDG). The EDG is a source of Web-based geospatial information and information services. It enables data consumers to discover, view, and access geospatial resources made available by EPA's program offices, regions, and labs.

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Environmental Science
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Data Set
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Water Sourcebooks
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The Water Sourcebooks contain 324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters. This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment. All activities contain hands-on investigations, fact sheets, reference materials, and a glossary of terms. Activities are organized by objectives, materials needed, background information, advance preparation, procedures, and resources.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Whatzzzup-Stream?
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In this set of exercises, students will study rivers and waterways around them by using the Internet, maps, and their knowledge of local landscapes. The students will use an EPA Web site to investigate what is upstream and downstream of them. They will also look at graphs of flow in familiar river locations on a live U.S. Geological Survey Web site. Using small rocks and a washbasin, students will build a model that leads to extending their understanding of streams in different geographic locations. A topographic map exercise will expose students to topographic maps and allow them to look for the origins of streams. Finally, a reading exercise will illustrate the issue of the importance of lower-order streams to downstream areas, and students will be asked to implement their ideas to protect a stream on a dairy farm.

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Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Where Does Your Water Come From?
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This taste test will illustrate the differences between ground water and surface water, highlight some of the common contaminants in natural water, and encourage student thought on the sources of drinking water. This test should follow a class discussion on the possible sources of water for the community.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency