“The Hydrologic Cycle”, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Fact Sheet 93-18. One page fact sheet on the hydrologic cycle in Ohio. (http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle.html) An illustration and overview of the water cycle from the USGS.
“What Is Groundwater?” (http://www.groundwater.org/kc/whatis.html) Information from the experts at the Groundwater Foundation, including everything about the basics of groundwater and what adults and children alike can do to protect their water.
“The Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer” (http://www.miamiconservancy.org/water/gmrw.asp) Miami Conservancy District informational page about our local aquifer, its uses, and how to protect it.
“Surface Water and Groundwater Interaction” (http://water.usgs.gov/ogw/gwsw.html) The USGS resource page for investigating ways that surface water and groundwater relationships and interactions.
“Tracing and Dating Young Groundwater”, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet #134-99, September 1999. Describes how use of environmental tracers such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and tritium (H3) in groundwater can be used to trace the flow of “young” groundwater, i.e., water recharged within the last 50 years. Technical in nature. Available on web at: http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/FS/FS-134-99
Contamination and Protection
“What Can Contaminate Groundwater?” web page from Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater Consortium web site (http://gwconsortium.org/potential-pollution/what-can-contaminate-ground-water/). Lists sources of groundwater contamination.
“Groundwater Contamination” web page from the Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater Consortium web site (http://gwconsortium.org/ground-water/ground-water-contamination/). Series of four graphics illustrating how a contaminant can affect a drinking water supply.
“Costs of Groundwater Contamination” web page from the Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater Consortium web site (http://gwconsortium.org/ground-water/cost-of-contamination/). Lists costs of groundwater contamination.
“What is Non-point Source Pollution?”(http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/water/pubs/fs_div/fctsht44/tabid/4131/Default.aspx) Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Fact Sheet 97-44. One page fact sheet on non-point source pollution and its impacts on water quality.
“Fertilizers – Sustaining Global Food Supplies”, U.S. Geological Survey, FS-155-99 (September 1999). Fact sheet discussing use of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur as fertilizers in food production. Also includes section on environmental concerns. Available on web at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs155-99
“Water Use in the United States”. Comprehensive U.S. Geological Service web site chapter (http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wateruse.html) discussing surface and groundwater use in the U.S. Includes maps, pie charts, diagrams and an activity center where students can participate in national surveys with other site visitors.
“Water Efficiency at Home”(http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/tips/cons.htm) U.S. EPA WaterSense Program Information about the WaterSense program, including tips on ways to use water efficiently and purchasing water-saving products.
“Water Efficiency in Your Own Back Yard”(http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/water/pubs/fs_div/fctsht02/tabid/4082/Default.aspx) Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water (1992). Provides water conservation tips for your yard.
“Tips for Conserving Drinking Water” (http://www.epa.ohio.gov/ddagw/residents.aspx) Ohio EPA’s Division of Drinking and Groundwater for Ohio Residents. Information about Ohio’s drinking water; including basic information, monitoring, and ways you could get involved.
“Ohio’s Water Withdrawal Facility Registration Program”(http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Water/wwfr/default/tabid/4265/Default.aspx) Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water. Annual report on water withdrawal and use in the State of Ohio. Annual reports include pie charts and other graphs. Comparing water use in different annual reports could be used for math exercises (percent differences, etc.).
“Alliance for Water Efficiency” (http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org) Ideas and information on the efficient use of water for consumers and businesses.