Water Quality Action Project Links
Electronic Media and Water Quality
Center for Global Environmental
- Excellent CD ROM, "Waters to the Sea: Rivers of the
Upper Mississippi." Also provides curriculum, resources, and connections
around the world through on-line internet-based connections. 1,000
friends of Frogs, Rivers of Life, and the WaterShed Partners web site.
(Also: 3-D interactive displays may be checked out locally.)
- posts on-line real-time data (temp, pH, DO, conductivity, turbidity,
depth) from Remote Underwater Sampling Stations in Minnesota lakes.
Includes interactive curricula.
Minnesota Water Quality Education
- Twin Cities
Met Council - maintains a library of curricula, videos, interactive
displays, posters and more on water quality. Contact: Metropolitan Council,
Environmental Services, 230 E. Fifth St., St. Paul, MN 55101, (651)
602-1805, fax 602-1279, firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Quality Sites Designed for
- The Bell
Museum has on-line games and virtual reality videos, including a
prairie restoration game.
- Evergreen Project
- Background information on fresh water ecosystems.
Minnesota Water Quality Links
National Water Quality Links
HABITAT RESTORATION LINKS
Background on Habitat
Classification System Click on a state map to learn more about Minnesota's
Ecosystem Classification System: Definitions, explanations, and history.
Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota digs deep into
the technical details of Minnesota ecology (including plant lists). Purchase
the guide for your "province" of the state.
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research
Planning for Habitat Restoration
with Native Plants by the Minnesota DNR offers complete model plans
for five types of gardens.
Native: A Prairie Restoration Handbook for Minnesota Landowners.
Your Shore instructional CD ROM from the Minnesota DNR.
One-Stop Shopping to
Restore Your Yard and Shore, excellent resource on rainwater gardens.
Twin Cities Tree Trust has tree-planting
instructions and many links to additional resources.
Department of Natural Resources Rainwater Gardens Links.
National Wildlife Federation,
Schoolyard Habitats- Supports school nature areas with plans, curriculum,
and further links. Order the excellent Starter Kit.
The Center for Watershed Protection
- Resources include the free download of the Urban Watershed Forestry
Manual and Urban Subwatershed Restoration Manuals (for purchase).
Getting Help and Advice
Environmental Concerns Inc. offers
wetland curriculum and guides to planning and creating a wetland as schoolyard
habitat. Click on the "Education" button.
Society Master Gardeners Links.
Wild Ones chapters
in many states promote the use of native plants. Download Resource Guide
from Twin Cities Chapter site for helpful tips and contact list.
Minnesota Native Plant Society is
a source of information and possible expert advice.
North American Native Plant
Minnesota DNR School Forests Program,
works with 90 schools to manage public forests. (Look under DNR Education
& Safety Training.)
Minnesota Horticultural Society.
supports community gardening through Farm in the City and the Green Institute
Wild Ones - Identify
your local chapter.
DNR list of native plant suppliers and landscapers.
Friends School of Minnesota
Native Plant Lists
Plants for Stormwater Design: Species Selection for the Upper Midwest.
These documents include guidance for choosing the best plants for your
DNR Native Tree Species List.
River Greening East-Central Minnesota Species List.
Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder.
QUALITY MONITORING LINKS
Join an existing monitoring network. Most offer training,
materials, and equipment, a place to publish your data, and more.
Minnesota Water Quality Monitoring Network
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Monitoring Sites Designed for Students
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