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Clean Water Act
Federal Water Pollution Control Act
Fishery Conservation & Management Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Ocean Dumping Ban Act
Oil Spill Prevention Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Source Water Assessment Act
Water Quality Act
Water Resource Development Act


3 Gorges Dam, Colorado River, Lake Baikal, James Bay, Quebec (dam), Kissimmee River, Mono Lake


Unit 9: Freshwater & Marine Resources


Chapter 15
Chapter 16

Goals: Freshwater Resources

  • Explain the importance of water and the hydrologic cycle to ecosystems, human health, and economic pursuits
  • Delineate the distribution of freshwater on Earth and describe major types of freshwater ecosystems
  • Discuss how we use water and alter freshwater systems
  • Assess problems of water supply & explain the issues surrounding the Aral Sea & Water Privatization
  • Propose solutions to address water supply issues (desalinization, xeriscaping)
  • Assess problems of water quality and propose solutions to address water pollution
  • Explain the problems of cultural eutrification and dead zones
  • Compare eutrophic and oligotrophic bodies of water
  • Identify and describe the major layers of a freshwater lake
  • Explain how freshwater lakes change throughout the year
  • Idenitify point and non-point source pollution
  • Explain how wastewater is treated
  • Discuss the pros and cons of dams
  • Explain the structure of aquifers and how groundwater is maintained
  • Describe the importance of various locations in regards to water, water diversions & dams, and channeling

Goals: Marine Resources

  • Identify physical, geographical, chemical, and biological aspects of the marine environment (upwelling, downwelling, ENSO events, gyres & thermoclines)
  • Describe major types of marine ecosystems
  • Outline historical and current human uses of marine resources
  • Assess human impacts on marine environments
  • Review the current state of ocean fisheries and reasons for their decline
  • Identify and describe the major layers of the ocean
  • Explain various types of modern fishing methods and explain how each impacts the environment
  • Evaluate marine protected areas and reserves as innovative solutions


  • Perform water quality testing using chemical and physical tests
  • Perform water quality testing using a bioassay
  • Assess the primary productivity of a body of water
  • Analyze the impact of water pollution on dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nutrient content, and pH



Characteristics of Water
USGS Water


Aquatic Biomes

Freshwater Resources

Cleanwater PSA
Matt Damon & Water
Water PSA
USGS Water Usage
Growing Wine Hurts Fish
Live Earth Aral Sea
A Guide to Freshwater Ecology
Map of Worldwide Domestic Water Use
World Map of Industrial Water Use
World Map of Agricultural Water Use Map
Map Worldwide Poor Water Quality
Map of Worldwide Water Availability
Map of Worldwise Water Depletion
Water Withdrawls for Irrigation by Country
Desalinization Video
Colorado, Where does Your Water Come From?
Banning Bottled Water
PBS Frontline: Poisoned Waters


Groundwater Groundhog Animation
Groundwater Animation
Groundwater Animations

Wastewater Treatment

Tour Through A Wasterwater Plant
Supersand Cleans up Drinking Water

Waterborne Disease

List of Water Borne Diseases

Marine Resources

Upwelling Demo
End of the Line
GBR at Risk from Pesticides
Coral Catch Disease from Sewage
The Garden of Queens
Ocean Trenches: What's Down There?

Oil Pollution

Oil Eating Bacteria Deal with Oil Spill in Gulf
1 Year After Deepwater Horizon
Oil Spill in Gilf Timeline


Changing Westcoast Fishery
Commercial Fish are Shrinking!
Man Catches 800 lb tuna!
End of the Line
Overfishing costing UK Big Money

Ocean Movement

Thermoclines 1 Thermoclines 2