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What You Can Do To Keep Water Clean
Teacher Resources
The Rochester Water Primer

The Rochester Water Primer is a learning resource that compiles locally relevant information about the basic elements of Rochester's water resources. Covered topics include: natural water features, Rochester's water history, local geology, groundwater resources, storm water management, and wastewater treatment. Everyone form teachers to students to elected officials to residents can learn about benefit from this resource.

Rochester Water Primer (Complete Document)

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Water Cycle
Chapter 2 - Rochester's Water History
Chapter 3 - Natural Waters and Geology
Chapter 4 - Constructed Water Bodies
Chapter 5 - Rochester's Water Supply
Chapter 6 - Wastewater Treatment
Chapter 7 - Storm Water Management
Chapter 8 - Rochester's Water Resource Management Agencies
Chapter 9 - Rochester's Water Service and Learning Activities

Elementary & Middle School Raingarden Curricula

Teachers have the opportunity to explore the water cycle, storm water managment, and the wonders of raingardens with guidance from the Elementary & Middle School Raingarden Curricula developed by the City of Rochester. All lessons are tied to current Minnesota Teaching Standards (as of August 2013).

Click here to be directed to the Elementary & Middle School Raingarden Curricula!

Additional Resources for water related curriculum and activities

  • MinnAqua (DNR)
  • Project Wet (DNR)
  • Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge (SEEK)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency Surf Your Watershed
  • US Environmental Protection Agency Water Source Brochures
  • US Geological Survey Water Science for Schools
  • Water On The Web