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Water Quality

Clean fresh water is vital to our lives and many of the plants and animals we depend on. Most people think water pollution comes directly from a factory or other known source, a type of pollution known as “point source pollution.” Because of laws passed in the 1970s, most of those sources of pollution have cleaned up their act. Today, the biggest source of pollution is us – you and me. This type of pollution is known as “nonpoint source pollution” because it can’t be traced to one single source; we can’t tell how much pollution is coming from where.

Types of nonpoint pollution that ultimately end up in our waterways include used oil poured into storm drains, soil washed from construction sites, grease from restaurants, paint brushes cleaned in the street, or fertilizer and pesticides washed off farm fields and city lawns. That’s why it is so important for all of us to clean up our act and learn how to prevent such pollution.

The Foundation’s “No-Know Game” can help you learn about bad pollution practices and how to prevent pollution. Consider these two examples from Your Garage:

“Henry dumps the oil he drains from his car onto the ground in the backyard, which drains into the Dirty Old River. The oil from 1 engine can produce an oil slick of 8 acres on the river! That’s a No-Know. Go back 2 squares.”

“Henrietta recycles the oil and antifreeze by placing them separately in clean plastic containers and taking them to the recycling center and local gas station. Put-’er-there, Pard!”

Once you play this game, you’ll never be able to say, “Oh no! I didn’t know,” again.



KIDS: Watershed Protection

For grades 4-7, this colorful, 16-page, interactive booklet helps children learn the answers to a host of questions. What is a watershed? How can you protect a watershed using simple, everyday actions? Who manages a watershed? What watershed habitats support different plants and animals? Kids can even become a certified Watershed Hero! 


KIDs: Healthy Water, Healthy People

For grades 4-7, this colorful, 16-page activity book features informative text, activities, investigations, and experiments designed to teach water quality monitoring, watershed restoration, and pollution prevention. Students also learn how the body uses water in sports, digestion, breathing, and even thinking.


No-Know Game

Plastic mounted board game that teaches children – and adults – about the source of their drinking water, what pollutants water may encounter as it moves through the watershed, and how to avoid contributing to nonpoint source pollution. Durable 17×22 inch game board. Game comes with four playing pieces, die and 64 game cards.

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