Water quality

Water is a critical resource for life on earth!

We use water for many purposes, not just drinking and washing. The stewardship of water rests on all of us, but especially those who grow our food. Inputs to food production systems may not always stay put. Growers are continuously addressing concerns of fertilizer run-off and soil erosion. This set of materials helps illustrate how water is affected by human activities, one of which is food production.

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A global pandemic doesn’t stop water quality research‍

Every state that touches the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico or one of the Great Lakes has a Sea Grant Program. Sea Grant Programs are modeled after Land Grant Institutions, and take the research results and disseminate the information …
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e-learning

Aquaculture

How are fish benefiting from soy feed? The global demand for protein is rising due to increasing urbanization, rising incomes and the growth of the middle class. Seafood consumption is increasing, as seafood is a comparatively inexpensive source of protein. Learn how a new type of soy-based feed decreases the environmental impact of aquaculture, making it more sustainable.

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Barry McGraw

Director, Product Development and Commercialization at the Ohio Soybean Council
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Bill Bayliss

member, Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees
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Elizabeth Toot-Levy

Project Scientist at Geosyntec Consultants
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G. Keymah Durden

Co-founder, Rid-All Green Partnership
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Greg LaBarge

Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems at The Ohio State University Extension
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H2Know digital case study

1 lesson, 1 file
How might water quality be improved? The H2Know case study invites students to investigate water quality in Lake Erie. Students will gather information about the problem, consider potential contributors and environmental factors, review …
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Harold Watters

Associate Professor, Field Specialist for Agronomic Systems
ohio state university extension farming nutrients soybeans water quality
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Here, fishy fishy: aquaculture systems

5 lessons, 9 files
How does soymeal feed compare to fishmeal feed when raising Tilapia in an aquaculture system? Take on multiple roles within an aquaculture farm including set-up and maintenance of tanks, test water quality, investigate possible feed sources and monitor fish health and growth.
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Libby Dayton

Soil Scientist at the Ohio State University
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More initiatives to improve water quality‍

Ohio is thirsty for some quality H2O, but the legislature has recently struggled with how to get it. After debating two separate water quality bills for over a year, the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate finally passed H.B. 7 in …
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Reducing nitrogen runoff‍

Healthy soils keep our nutrients recycling, plant available, and result in less nitrogen pollutions (less N runoff or N lost as atmospheric gases).
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Solving water quality problems

Aug 31, 2015
Too much phosphorus in water can harm plant and aquatic animal life or cause phytoplankton ‘blooms’. The higher levels of phosphorus are usually caused by sewage, industrial, and agricultural run-off. Fertilizers on residential lawns also contribute to …
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Water quality

3 lessons, 6 files
What affects water quality in your area? Access to clean water is a critical issue in many countries. In the United States there are few places where we cannot find clean water to drink or swim in. This unit explores some of the potential …
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e-learning

Water quality

What factors are used to judge water quality? What human activities might lead to cultural eutrophication and harmful algal blooms? Students will learn about the process and effects of cultural eutrophication and describe ways to reduce risk.

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Water quality, a statewide issue

Nov 20, 2019
Cameron Spencer’s 7th grade science class at West Liberty Salem Middle School completed water quality tests as part of their Water, Air & Space unit. The class discussed the concepts of non-point source pollution, water quality issues, and basic f …
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Water quality and human impacts

2 lessons, 7 files
Why is water quality important? How is water quality measured? The US EPA has set water quality standards in accordance with the Clean Water Act: Water quality standards are important because they help to protect and restore the quality of the Nation's surface …
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Water quality e-learning increases understanding

Oct 3, 2018
What do your students know about algal blooms? Our free e-learning course will help them understand what causes the problem and how farmers are working to help the environment. Melissa Abrams, a teacher at Hillsdale High School, attended the Ohio …
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Watersheds, wetlands and water quality data analysis

4 lessons, 7 files
Why is water quality important? What factors impact water quality? This unit will discuss the importance of water quality, describe several impacts to water quality, and include a data analysis activity that students complete to determine how wetlands play a role in …