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Water Around the World

NASA VISIBLE EARTH: WATER QUALITY SATELLITE IMAGERY

November 2, 2016

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NASA Visible Earth shares its gallery of satellite imagery displaying visible water quality indicators from around the world. See how algal blooms have increased in Lake Michigan, how Hurricane Gonzalo shook up sediment in Bermuda, and forty-two other beautiful and fascinating images.

See NASA Visible Earth’s Water Quality Gallery: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_cat.php?categoryID=797

Can you find an image with very turbid water?

Can you find an image with algal blooms?

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Water Around the World

THE DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED

July 2, 2016

A Watershed Moment from Open Space Institute on Vimeo.

This video from Open Space Institute describes the Delaware River Watershed and the series of nonpoint pollutants threatening its water quality. The Delaware River Watershed runs from the forests of New York to the Delaware coast, and provides drinking water for nearly 15 million Americans. The watershed community is coming together, across state and municipal lines, to help combat the effects that forests, farms, cities, and suburbs are having on their watershed to help “leave it better than they found it”.

What are three things causing stress on the Delaware River Watershed?

What is your local watershed?

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Water Conservation

INVISIBLE WATER CONSUMPTION

May 12, 2016

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An interactive infographic from designer Angela Morelli illustrating our visible and invisible water consumption. By understanding how much water is needed to produce the goods we use and the food we eat, we can work to decrease our personal water consumption. Saving water helps to guarantee that there will enough water for everyone on the planet.

Experience the infographic: angelamorelli.com/water

What information did you find surprising?

What are three things you can do to conserve water?

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The National Guard

THE GUARD IN FLINT, MICHIGAN

February 10, 2016
Spc. Woo Jung, Company A, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, shows the difference of water quality after being processed utilizing the Tactical Water Purification System during a training exercise on Hunter Army Airfield Jan. 27. (Photo by Spc. Scott Lindblom, 3rd CAB Public Affairs)

Spc. Woo Jung, Company A, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, shows the difference of water quality after being processed utilizing the Tactical Water Purification System during a training exercise on Hunter Army Airfield Jan. 27. (Photo by Spc. Scott Lindblom, 3rd CAB Public Affairs)

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Story by Sgt. William Begley
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HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. – The water purification specialists of 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade created potable water from a pond on Hunter Army Airfield Jan. 27.

For people in the city of Flint, Michigan, the importance of having the ability to produce clean, drinkable water is a very real concern. The city’s water supply is contaminated with lead. Stories like this have made the water squad that much more aware of the need to master the essential skill for the sustainment of Soldiers in the field.

Thankfully, Sgt. Jermond Hardison, Company A, 603rd ASB and his team of water purification specialists take their jobs very seriously. Their task, to set up a tactical water purification system (TWPS) and take water that looks like a frog just bathed in it, and make it clean enough for Soldiers to safely consume.

“Most of my Soldiers are fresh from advanced individual training and this is their first time performing their jobs in a tactical field environment,” Hardison said.

According to Sgt. Amanda Ramirez, preventative medicine specialist, US Army MEDDAC, the inexperience did not show.

“My job is to test the water and make sure they have the right levels of chlorine, make sure the PH is at the right level and collect samples to run bacteriological tests and make sure the water is safe,” Ramirez said. “This is the best operation that I have seen so far in my experience.”

Pvt. Jennifer Mitchell, Company A, 603rd ASB has been in the Army a little over a year. This was the first chance for her to do the job she learned to do in AIT. She said she chose the job of water purification specialist because she liked the idea of working in a “hands-on” job, and she didn’t want to be stuck in an office.

“In AIT we had a lot of help, but this was my first time with this team and we did a really good job,” said Mitchell.

In an ironic twist of fate, Ramirez is actually from the city of Flint, Mich. and admits water purification is “kind of a big deal.”

“It would be cool to be there to assist,” Ramirez said. “I would like to help. When I eventually transition out of the Army, this is the kind of work that I am going to do. Protecting the public is our main focus and I really enjoy that aspect of my job.”

 

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Water Quality Resources

FROM STORMWATER TO DRINKING WATER

February 2, 2016

How does littering affect our drinking water? This video from NCTCOG ED describes with great clarity how our fresh water is polluted, how it is treated, and what we can do to help.

How does stormwater runoff pollute the water supply?

What is nonpoint source pollution?

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Water Quality Resources

FERTILIZERS AND WATER QUALITY

January 5, 2016

Fertilizers are used in agriculture to provide one or more of the chemical elements necessary for plant development. Excess amounts of fertilizer, containing large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous, enter water sources through surface runoff and leaching. This increased amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous have negative impacts on water quality and human health. Utah State University and The University of Vermont explain how fertilizers harm our water sources, and how proper fertilizer management can help cut down pollution.

Fertilizer Management from Utah State University: http://extension.usu.edu/waterquality/htm/agriculturewq/fertilizer/

Impacts of Lawn Fertilizer from The University of Vermont: http://www.uvm.edu/~vlrs/doc/lawnfert.htm

How does fertilizer enter our water sources?
What are the health risks of drinking water with high nitrogen levels?
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Water Around the World

WATERMARK, A DOCUMENTARY ON WATER

December 8, 2015

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Watermark is a documentary from filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier along with renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. The film shows the history and use of water around the world, with segments shot in ten different countries. Watermark is the third part of Burtynsky’s Water project which also includes a book and photographic exhibition.

Watermark makes a great companion to the WQI Project. We suggest watching it before Objective 1 as an introduction or during Objective 3 as part of the global water discussion. Additionally, Watermark has its own educator guide that features many interesting classroom applications and resources.

Watch the Movie
Watermark Educator Guide
Edward Burtynsky’s Water Photo Series
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