Soils Clean and Capture Water

Soils Clean and Capture Water Overview
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Soil Pore Size Affects Water Infiltration Activity (PDF)

Degraded Water Reuse Activity (PDF)


Runoff Activity (PDF)

Degraded Soils Presentation (PPT)

Extra Activities

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Perkin through the Pores

Soil is a Filter

"Soil is a Filter" Video

Keeping Soil in its Place – Utah AITC Dirt: Secrets in the Soil
Lessons, exercises, and hands-on activities about causes of erosion
and ways to reduce erosion. Designed for elementary students,
but parts are appropriate for middle school,
particularly the raindrop splash experiment
demonstrating how raindrops cause erosion.

Dr. Dirt’s Video Showing How Soil has a Negative Charge!

Why and How to make a Raingarden and Sustainable Landscape (PDF)

Watch this YouTube Video about EPA Soil Scientists Researching Rain Gardens in Cities!

Learn More about Why You Should Consider Rain Barrels

Catch The Rainwater activities from Arizona State

Soil Moisture-Dirt to Dinner activity

Drinking Water: Protecting the Source

National Groundwater Association Lesson Plans

Journey 2050 - How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050? This curriculum-based education program uses ipad games, animated videos and interactive lessons to engage students.

Caring for our Watersheds - What can you do to improve your local watershed? Join students and community partners from around the world to protect our land, air and water.

Engineering for the earth

Urban stormwater management

How fast does water move through soil?


News Releases

Soils Clean and Capture Water

Sixth Grader Wins Dig It! Science Fair


Blog Posts

Why retention basins and rain gardens?

Green Water/BlueWater explained-growing food with climate change


April IYS Newsletter


Special thanks to this month's team of contributors:

Gary Pierzinski

Dennis Corwin
Greg Evanylo
Ted Hartsig


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