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Educator Resource: Curriculum Module


Why is water so important for life as we know it? In this unit, students explore water quality, their local watershed, bioaccumulation of contaminants, and bioremediation methods.
Middle School
Time required
A minimum of six 50-minute sessions

Students explore the water cycle, learn why water is so important for life as we know it, and investigate the fate of contaminants in a watershed. Bioaccumulation, biomagnification, water quality testing and bioremediation are specifically addressed. The unit culminates with an investigation of the factors affecting microbial remediation of an environmental pollutant and the use of bioremediation at the waste water treatment plant at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

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