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English Research Links

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

Q3.1 CAN – What is wastewater and where does it go (read first page): Link 1 L1

CAN – Let’s look at where our water comes from, the impacts of our run-off, and what we can do to be proactive. This short video is a great overview of the many aspects of this Action Pack: Link 2 (2:37) L1

INT – Does it really matter what we put down the drain? If so, what does it do? Link 3 L1 

CAN – What sort of pollutants can our wastewater have? What are the effects on the environment? Link 4 L2


Q3.2 CAN – What is a combined sewer? Why are combined sewage overflows so harmful? Link 5 L1


Q3.3 INT-US – There are other ways our water systems are impacted by our actions. The production of the food we eat creates run-off. Our choices in which farms we support and the practices they use, such as using pesticides or factory farming, make a big difference in how much of a negative impact their agricultural run-off has. This site explains agricultural runoff and some of the impacts of that run-off: Link 6 L1

INT – Learn more about urban run-off here: Link 7 L1

INT – How does mining affect water? Find out more here: Link 8 L1 


Q3.4 CAN – Most urban waste water is treated, but this is different depending on where you live and the system your municipality has set up. Treating waste water is multi-step process. Check out how Metro Vancouver treats its wastewater: Link 9 L1

CAN – Many places still don’t have sufficient sewage and wastewater treatment systems or are just implementing them. Here is a brief back-story on Victoria’s sewage treatment plant issue: Link 10 L1

INT – When communities don’t have access to centralized sewage treatment plants like the ones in big cities, they have to use different methods: Link 11 L1


Q3.5 INT – All this run-off is creating something called dead zones in the ocean. What is a dead zone and what is actually happening? Link 12 L1


Local Activity Links 

These links will be needed to complete your Local Activity.

CAN – Find out which watershed you live in here! Link 13 L1

CAN – Explore what ecozone you live in and what vegetation and wildlife are affected by your actions. Click on your ecozone on the interactive map to learn more: Link 14 L1

CAN – Learn about ways to make a difference in protecting our water resources: Link 15 L1

CAN-US – We are just discovering that some of the contaminants going down our drains have had unexpected effects on human and environmental health; here are some of them: Link 16 L2 


Helpful Optional Links

INT  Did you know…? source: Link 17 L1

CAN – This should help you complete your Cost and Benefits. The products you use in your home are a great place to start. Learn about the harmful effects of household cleaners: Link 18 L1

INT – There are many alternatives to the more toxic cleaning products typically found at the store. Check out these “eco-friendly” alternatives: Link 19 L1 and Link 20 L1

INT-US – Learn how to minimize your impact on urban run-off and waste: Link 21 L1

CAN – What should I not throw in the garbage or pour down the drain? What do I do with these products then? Link 22 L1

INT-US – Some students have taken water management a step further and are involved in making their water systems better! They are taking action to analyzing their community’s urban runoff and are very informed on urban run-off impact: Link 23 (4:55) L1

CAN – Here is a BC organization that is taking on waste water education in public schools in a big way! Check out the Stream of Dreams Mural Society: Link 24 L1

INT-US – The “real” story of water looks at the water cycle and all our interactions and history with it from wells, importing water, run-off and more! It also talks about innovative ways we can support a healthier water systems! You can stop at 4:40 after it talks about agriculture use: Link 25 (19:43) L1

INT – Find safe, healthy, green, & ethical products based on scientific ratings in the GoodGuide: Link 26 L1 

CAN – Find out more about untreated sewage from the Greater Vancouver area and Greater Victoria that makes it into the rivers in this report titled “Hidden Killer”: Link 27 L2


Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

INT – Que sont les eaux usées? L1 Lien 1, Lien 2

CAN – Renseignez-vous sur la manière dont on traite les eaux usées en Nouvelle Écosse! (page 4) L2 Lien 3

CAN - Qu’est-ce que le drainage minier acide? L1 Lien 4


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