Did You Know?

Every glass of water you drink has already passed through fish, trees, bacteria, soil, clouds, and other living things, including people, to cleanse the water for our use. It's all connected through the water cycle!

Water

Water is... 
 
crisp
cool
refreshing
fun

Water is LIFE for us all!

A watershed is an area of land that drains to a common point.  We all live in a watershed!

There are small watersheds – like the area of land that drains to a nearby stream.  Jackie loves wading in this creek on spring and summer days.

Small watersheds join up to make bigger watersheds – larger land areas drain into larger bodies of water, like rivers.  Watersheds are named for the body of water they drain to; Charlie lives in the South Skunk River watershed.
These watersheds join up to make even bigger watersheds.
Iowa is part of the Mississippi River watershed, one of the largest watersheds in the whole world!  It covers almost 2/3 of the United States, from Montana to Pennsylvania.

The Mississippi River eventually drains into the Gulf of Mexico.

We’re all connected through watersheds.  See how when you watch We All Live in a Watershed!

We’re also connected through the water cycle.  All of the water that exists here on Earth is the same water that was here during the time of the dinosaurs!

There will never be any new water.  That same water continues to move through the water cycle: precipitation, evaporation, condensation, precipitation… 
Think about how it's all connected as you listen to the Itsy Bitsy Spider Rap!

          

 We need clean water for drinking...            clean water to swim in…

But sometimes we find pollution in our water. Some pollution is BIG.

The Conservation Dogs have found trash, pop and beer bottles, homeless TVs, and even abandoned washing machines out in the environment.

What things have you found that don’t belong out in nature?

Other pollution is so small we can’t see it.

Soil is one of our most valuable resources, but it can easily get washed away when it rains. That soil (sediment) moves with the rain water to nearby streams, rivers, and lakes, and it ends up polluting the water, leaving it muddy and dirty.

 

Have you seen signs like this?

These signs warn people to stay off the grass because chemicals have just been applied. However, when we get a big rain storm, these chemicals can wash away into nearby streams, rivers, and lakes. Do you want to swim in water that is full of chemicals and fertilizers?     
Water bodies around the state can be closed due to high levels of bacteria. Bacteria and germs can get into streams, rivers, and lakes from human and/or animal waste.

Some of the products we use every day can even be pollutants when they get into the water system. Think about soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and the medications we take. Where does the water go after it goes down your drain?

          

 

 

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