Today in Science
National Rivers Month
Get into the flow of things by celebrating National Rivers Month throughout June.
Roughly a quarter of a million rivers serve as the arterial network of waterways across the United States, carrying water from their sources 3.6 million miles cumulatively to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Rivers provide water for drinking (65% of drinking water comes from streams and rivers), agriculture, recreation, fishing, industry, and sport. They are home to a variety of plants and animals.
And they are easily polluted both by chemicals and by garbage. Volunteers routinely pull plastic bags, trash, tires, and refrigerators out of rivers during cleanups.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, which preserves certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Of the 3.6 million miles of inland waterways in the United States, this act protects 12,734 miles of 208 rivers in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Check out these potamic resources from Science NetLinks:
- Pond 1: Pond Life (3-5)
- Shape It Up (3-5)
- The Water Cycle (3-5)
- Shape It Up! (3-8)
- Ecosystem Services -- Water Purification (6-8)
- Great Rivers 1: The Nature of Great Rivers (6-8)
- Great Rivers 2: The Ups and Downs of River Flooding (6-8)
- Great Rivers 3: Great Rivers, Great Givers (6-8)
- Urban Ecosystems 4: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems (6-8)
- Tree Torture (6-12)
- Managing the Everglades Ecosystem (9-12)