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Can Nutrients in Water Cause Harm?

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Can Nutrients in Water Cause Harm?

This activity’s objectives are aligned with the National Science Education Standards, specifically those related to Science as Inquiry, Life Science and Environmental Science. Students create pond water cultures and investigate how the addition of fertilizers or natural nutrients affects their “pond.”

Concepts

  • Many different kinds of organisms live in water.
  • Excess nutrients will cause over-abundant growth of some organisms living in water.
  • Non-point source pollution is a major threat to water supplies in the United States.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH


The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698


Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education