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Your Environment. Your Health.

Bringing Water Quality and Superfund Education to NC Classrooms

teachers in clasroom

Teachers learn how to demonstrate watershed concepts using materials found around the house.
(Photo courtesy of APNEP)

Continuing a long-running collaboration, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Research Translation Core, UNC Institute for the Environment, and Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) partnered to conduct  professional training for science teachers on making connections between local water quality and environmental health.

During this three-day training, 20 North Carolina middle and high school science teachers learned about  diverse environmental science, health, and civics issues related to water quality by exploring the watersheds and aquatic ecosystems of the North Carolina piedmont.

Teachers took home ideas for new lesson plans to address important water quality issues with their students both in the classroom and in outdoor environments,  including the effects of contaminated water sources on wildlife, ecosystems, and human health. They also developed skills in watershed monitoring and learned about methods for addressing hazardous chemicals that threaten water quality.

SRP researchers, Mike Aitken, Ph.D., Damian Shea, Ph.D., and Alison Sanders, explained bioremediation as a strategy for cleaning up Superfund sites, the use of passive sampling devices to measure chemicals, and health effects of toxic contaminants.

The institute was also an opportunity for teachers interact with experts from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

To read more, visit the APNEP website .

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