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English Research Links

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

Q3.1 CAN – What is waste water and where does it go? 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 CAN – 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. Read up on how agriculture impacts water: Link 6 L1

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

CAN – How does mining pollute water? (Read page 4): 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 11L1


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

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 17 L1

INT – There are many alternatives to the more toxic cleaning products typically found at the store. Check out these “eco-friendly” alternatives: Link 18 L1 and Link 19 L1

INT-US – Learn how to minimize your impact on urban run-off and waste: Link 20 L1

CAN – What should I not throw in the garbage or pour down the drain? What do I do with these products then? Link 21 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 22 (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 23 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 24 (19:43) L1

INT – Find safe, healthy, green, & ethical products based on scientific ratings in the GoodGuide: Link 25 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 26 L2

INT – 6 ways you can help keep our water clean: Link 27 L1 

INT – Host a ‘Green Cleaning party: Link 28 L1 


Stakeholder Links

CAN  First Nations communities all over Canada have been deprived of safe water to drink at different points in time in the past decade: Stakeholder 1 L1


Current Events

INT- 2017 March 22nd- EcoWatch- Wastewater and runoff from clothing factories are polluting rivers in China, India and Bangladesh: Event 1

INT- 2017 April 21st- CBC News- This article tracks how plastic moves once it enters the ocean: Event 2

INT  2015 November 22nd – BBC  “Brazil dam toxic mud reaches Atlantic via Rio Doce estuary” A wave of toxic mud travelling down the Rio Doce river in Brazil from a collapsed dam has reached the Atlantic Ocean, amid concerns it will cause severe pollution: Event 3

INT – 2015 June 4th - Water Online  “Rescue Dogs Sniff out Water Pollution” A couple in Maine are training dogs to sniff out pollution sources to try and address pollution that is leading to decreased water quality at the source: Event 4

CAN – 2015 June 3rd - Times Colonist  “Spills on the rise in B.C.” With many oil and gas extraction and transportation processes in BC it is important to understand the environmental consequences of contamination: Event 5

INT- US – 2015 May 27th - The New York Times  “Obama Announces New Rule Limiting Water Pollution” New water regulations would apply to 60% of Americas bodies of water and increase the authority of the government to limit pollution: Event 6

CAN – 2015 May 22nd - Journal of Commerce  “Calgary facility breaks ground for wastewater research” The first of its kind in the world, this water treatment research centre is a partnership between the city and the University of Calgary and located within a working wastewater treatment plan: Event 7

INT – 2015 May 4th - MarketWatch  “Inside China’s grand plan to fight water pollution” Authorities in China have launched a new program to address water pollution which has been getting worse and creating public discontent: Event 8


Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

INT - Nos émissions de carbone créent de nombreux problèmes environnementaux. Le premier lien explique de manière  interactive l’acidification des océans et le deuxième lien en analyse les conséquences sur l’environnement et le futur de la planète. Lien 1 et Lien 2

INT – Apprenez ce qu’est l’acidification de l’océan ! L1 Lien 3

INT – Quelles sont les sources de gaz à effet de serre? L1 Lien 4

INT – Apprenez qui est affecté par l’acidification des océans! L2 Lien 5


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