Academic journal article Science Scope

Take a Stream Selfie for Science

Academic journal article Science Scope

Take a Stream Selfie for Science

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Did you know that a large amount of the water we drink comes from streams? Water quality is an important issue that impacts all of us, from our own health to the health of our environment. Currently stream water quality data are lacking across the country and citizen scientists can help fill the data gap by participating in the Stream Selfie project.

The goal of the project, which is coordinated by the Izaak Walton League of America, is to provide a complete picture of water quality across the United States. To participate, all you need to do is take a picture of your local stream and share it with Stream Selfie (see Figure 1).

Project goal: Map streams across the United States and bridge an existing gap in water quality data.

Your task: Take a picture of your local stream and share it.

Science discipline: Environmental science, Earth science, and life science

By participating in Stream Selfie, your students will develop an increased awareness of local streams and begin to draw connections to your community's greater watershed. Additionally, you will be contributing much-needed data for the program to create a national map of stream monitoring sites.

Materials you will need:

* a smartphone or digital camera

* access to a local stream

For the science classroom, water quality can serve as the focus of a project-based learning unit that integrates chemistry, environmental science, and life science concepts. …

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