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Lesson 6: Keeping All of Our Waterways Clean
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This lesson helps kids understand the importance of water in our lives and describes the life cycle of freshwater. It also discusses how to keep trash from getting in storm drains and polluting our waterways.

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Kids Will Be Able to:

  • define rainwater runoff, drainage pollution, freshwater, saltwater, and potable;
  • name three different types of waterways;
  • explain three ways to stop drainage pollution; and
  • explain how keeping our waterways clean benefits the entire community.
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Lesson 6: Keeping All of Our Waterways Clean (PDF) (14pp, 2.91MB)

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