Water Audits

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Students assess flow rate of a school drinking fountain.

Do you ever wonder how much water you use in your home?  How about in your school?  Wouldn’t it be nice to find out where water is being wasted?  Better yet, have your students learn how to measure water usage and brainstorm ways to conserve?  It sounds like Water Audits is a great option for you!

SYRCL’s popular Water Audits program is returning this year!  This integrated curriculum leads students in an interactive exploration of the water cycle with Detective Drizzle’s mini investigations.  It then gives students the opportunity to play an active role in how their school, home, and community uses and conserves water!  By conducting a water audit in their school, students explore where water is being used and where it could be conserved.  Meeting State standards in math, science, and language arts, this curriculum unit empowers students civic-mindedness and problem solving.

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Students create a watershed model.

This program is adaptable for students from 1st to 12th grade.  SYRCL volunteers serve as docents in the classroom, helping students and teachers with their explorations, math, and brainstorming.  Teachers can choose to complete the program in as little as three weeks and as many as nine weeks.  There are many great ways to incorporate water audits in your curriculum, whether you are pairing older groups with younger groups to complete the mini investigations, or working as an independent classroom study.

This program is free for schools, funded by the California Department of Water Resources through a partnership with Nevada Irrigation District and the El Dorado County Water Agency.  If you are interested in participating in the 2016 session of Water Audits, contact SYRCL’s River Education Manager, Annika Alexander-Ozinskas at (530)265-5961 x218 or annika@syrcl.org