WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: 2002PA1B
Title: Development of 4-H Water Quality Curriculum Materials
Project Type: Information Transfer
Focus Categories: Education, Water Quality, Non Point Pollution
Keywords: education, water quality
Start Date: 03/01/2002
End Date: 02/28/2003
Federal Funds: $35,635
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $46,353
Congressional District: 5th of PA
William E. Sharpe
The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania 4-H Natural Resources Curriculum Committee and Cooperative Extension faculty have identified as a pressing need a guidebook on water quality tailored for Pennsylvania children in grades seven and eight. The material, including hands-on activities, will be appropriate for use with 4-H groups and with small groups in schools.
Most citizens of the state rely on groundwater for their drinking water and other domestic uses, which, because of Pennsylvania's geology, is susceptible to pollution through sinkholes and rock fractures. Therefore, students need to understand that their actions can directly affect groundwater quality.
The topics addressed in the student guide will be based upon the state's academic standards for environment and ecology and for science and technology. Specific topics may include the definition of a watershed; factors affecting water quality and aquatic organisms, including vegetation, land use, topography, and geology; the importance of wetlands as pollution filters; the effects of humans and human influences on water quality; and how natural events, including droughts and floods, affect water quality. Participating students will be encouraged to become active in water quality management in their homes and in their communities.
Draft materials will be reviewed by expert scientists and by the 4-H Natural Resources Curriculum Committee and revised as necessary. The publication will be designed by Agricultural Information Services at Penn State and printed by a commercial printer.