Healthy water healthy community

grade 7


In order to have a healthy community, one of the main things we need is access to clean, safe tap water. In the CBRM we are lucky enough to be able to turn on our taps and run clean, safe water ready for us to use. However, in some parts of the world not everyone has this precious resource readily available to them.
In this lesson, students will learn what a watershed is, how forests naturally filter the water, and build an understanding of how nature manages water on a watershed level.
Watershed protection and monitoring maintenance is a large part of making sure we have clean, safe tap water. This monitoring begins even before the water reaches our source water lakes. Throughout this lesson, students will develop the skills needed to identify tree species in their watershed. They will develop an understanding of the large role trees and plants play in filtering the water. They will also learn about forest succession and will be able to determine a healthy forest to protect and maintain a watershed.


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We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. 

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