Part of North America's Largest High School Environment Competition

Aquatic Ecology

Generalized Framework

  • Identify the processes and phases for each part of the water cycle.
  • Describe the chemical and physical properties of water and explain their implications for freshwater ecosystems.
  • Analyze the interaction of competing uses of water for water supply, hydropower, navigation, wildlife, recreation, waste assimilation, irrigation, industry, and others.
  • Discuss methods of conserving water and reducing point and non-point source pollution.
  • Identify common aquatic organisms through the use of a key.
  • Delineate the watershed boundary for a small body of water.
  • Briefly describe the benefits of wetlands, including both function and value.
  • Describe the benefits of riparian areas, including both functions and value.
  • Describe the changes to the aquatic ecosystem, based on alteration to the aquatic habitat.
  • Know methods used to assess and manage aquatic environments (sampling, technique, water quality parameters used to monitor point and non-point source pollution) and be able to utilize that water quality information to assess the general water quality of a specific body of water.
  • Be familiar with major methods and laws used to protect water quality (i.e., both surface and ground water) and utilize this information to make management decisions to improve the quality of water in a given situation. Recognize the role of aquifers in this process.

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