Through a variety of activities and cooperative learning strategies, the students explore the causes, effects and sources of water pollution in the world and in North America. Students also use hands-on activities to simulate water pollution and water filtration scenarios.
As an activist for clean drinking water, it is your mission to make sure that everyone is aware of all of the drinking water problems in Canada. Lately, there have been recent findings with the Alberta Oil Sands developments and contaminated water. A tailings pond for an oil sands development has contaminated the Churchill River and the polluted water is now flowing downstream.
Presentation of Pictures of Pollution to accompany Operation Water Pollution Lesson 1. Also be sure to use the questions which accompany this presentation.
Even wastewater that has been treated often contains high levels of biological contaminants, phosphates, nitrates and even some medications. Before treated wastewater can be released back into a water source, it has to meet certain guidelines regarding quality and level of contaminants. But accidents can happen and wastewater can be released without being treated at all.