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.
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)