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Water Science and the Environment

To soundly monitor water quality and interpret water quality data, you need to have a strong understanding of water science and how the environment and humans influence water resources on earth. The following resources will provide a solid understanding of water science & stewardship to any citizen looking to educate themselves, become a water monitor, or get engaged in community water resource management. The information below covers the water cycle and water movement on earth, water chemistry in the environment, water pollution concerns & sources, best management practices to protect water resources, and different ways citizens can take action toward protecting local water resources!


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