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Industrial Watershed


Region: Northeast
Level: Grade 6 - 8, Grade 9 - 12
Program type: Field Trip;

Description: Nineteenth-century industrial and municipal waste adversely affected the Merrimack River watershed, source of the city’s drinking water. The pollution generated by the growing industrial city had consequences that we are still learning from today. Weaving together historical incidents and scientific investigation, students
• Use simulation tanks to explore how human activity pollutes both groundwater and surface water.
• Solve a mystery to find the origin of an 1890s typhoid epidemic in Lowell.
• Tour an operating weave room and study a canal to hypothesize how pollution traveled from the source into the watershed.
• Examine Lowell’s industrial past to make more informed choices about how we can protect our environment today.

Topics: Earth Science, Land Use, Water Quality, Watershed

Aligned to content standards (if any):

Additional information (if any): Reservations by phone only: call 978-970-5080.

Each four-hour program includes a hands-on workshop and tour and is fully guided - curb to curb. Space is provided for eating brown bag lunch.

Pre/Post-visit lessons available: http://www.uml.edu/Tsongas/Curriculum-Materials/pre-post-visit-packets/Curriculum-Packets.aspx

Fee Information: Program Fees per class of up to 30 students: $225 (No charge for chaperones - 1:10 adult/student ratio required)
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Students track groudwater pollution in a simulation tank.