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* Register for Water What-ifs Program
Teacher Tutorial

* Web Site Usability Survey

Reference Desk
 * LaMotte Homepage
 * Texas Instruments Homepage
 * Water Related Websites
 * Just for Kids
 * Macroinvertebrates
 * Warning Signs of Pollution
 * Water What-ifs References

User Guides


Using LaMotte Water Quality Test Kits
* Using Calculator-based Laboratory(CBL) Equipment

Web Links for Teachers

 * Examples of Acceptable Use Policies
 * Collaborative Projects and Data Sets
 * Info on Available Grants
 * National Science Standards
 * North Carolina Science Curriculum
 * Delaware Science Standards
 * Water What-ifs Workshop Photos

Water Quality Data

Submit water quality data

* Look at NC Data
* Look at Delaware Data
* Using Collected Data for Inquiry Lessons


Water What-ifs

Introduction to Water What-ifs

Water What-ifs is a web site for encouraging inquiry investigations of water quality in North Carolina and Delaware. It is dedicated to the students of these two fine states. The following links will introduce you to the watersheds of your state!

* Surf your watershed in Delaware!
* Surf your watershed in North Carolina!
* Find the latitude and longitude of your location!

tree at Ingram's Pond

The following water quality parameters will be addressed at this site. Three lessons are provided for each parameter to help teachers create a water quality unit to be used in conjunction with the water quality testing program.

dissolved oxygen
macroinvertebrate surveys


The purpose of water quality testing is to monitor specific parameters in bodies of water on the earth. Changes in these parameters may be detrimental to the organisms in and around the water source. Many factors can affect the quality of the water in a ecosystem including discharges of industrial or agricultural wastes.

Field observations and measurements allow us to look for links between land use and its effects on water quality. By collecting and analyzing data from a local source we can approach a community situation in a way very similar to the approach used by practicing scientists.

Net Forum Water Quality Forum*

The Water Quality forum allows interaction and discussions on investigations of water quality. Please try to post to the forum once each week to help form an on-going dialogue.

Please note! The use of this site is being monitored for educational research purposes. Data collected from the use of this site may be included in published research. We encourage teachers to participate by visiting the Teacher Tutorial.

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