Water Pollution

Water Pollution

A Northshore Drainage Mystery - Tracking Pollution to Its Source

Polluted water pours into a larger body of water (Source: NRDC)

When we test water and find contaminants, can we always know the source of the pollution? Point versus non-point source pollution, what does that mean? Investigate water pollution, identify sources of pollution, and solve a mystery by tracking pollution to its most likely source.

Guided Review

Each module will include a combination of readings, videos, and online resources to create an immersive virtual experience. This review is also intended to inspire further investigation, so please explore the resources available below as well as the associated Environmental Explorations.

Guided Exploration

Each session includes guidelines and materials to explore the featured topic. Our guided explorations are also designed with space for educators to make the sessions their own! Use the included materials, or draw from the Resource Toolbox below to tweak the sessions for your specific needs.

Resource Toolbox

Use these curated resources from a wide variety of organizations to learn more about water pollution. Watch a video or listen in on a webinar. Focus on what kinds of questions the data can answer. Share your lesson plans with us, and we will add them to the collection! Find answers to your questions. Review Relevant Terms...

Articles & Reports

Articles on pollution sources, nutrients, and water pollution in Louisiana in this collection of articles for use by you and your students.

DIY Resources

Learn how to collect and test water samples and 3D print a macroinvertebrate!

More Lesson Plans

Lesson plans and activities about water pollution and macroinvertebrates from the U.S. EPA, Stroud Water Research Center, and more.

Online Resources

Interactive tools including the U.S. EPA's WATERS GeoViewer, the Watershed Game, Creek Critters, and more.

Webinars & Other Courses

Webinars from government agencies working to address water pollution, as well as online courses on the basics of important watershed concepts .

Various Data

Data on monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms, pollution in Lake Pontchartrain, U.S. estuaries, and more.

Videos & Podcasts

Includes short videos and podcasts on eutrophication, nutrient pollution, hypoxia, and more.