Urban Waters Civic Action Project
The Urban Waters Civic Action Project (UWCAKP)l combines enhanced STEM education with civic engagement content and tools for high school students to address environmental issues in their communities. Lessons are designed to provide background in earth sciences, chemistry and biology, as well as additional content related to clean water regulations and environmental civic action.
This is the second day of a two-part lesson. In this lesson, students share their findings of the sources of pollutants, their impact, and the use of indicators as indirect measures of water pollution.
This lesson discusses the drought and climate in Los Angeles. Students will investigate the cause of the drought using climate data to understand the various factors at play and learn about Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure to help alleviate the drought.
In this lesson, students examine the intersection between water policy, legal action, and industrial pollution. First, students learn about the Clean Water Act, then participate in a moot court proceeding based on a case study, finally students discuss the nuances of tackling industrial water pollution concerns across Los Angeles.
The following extra-curricular lessons are designed to supplement classroom content with activities aligned to essential elements of Project-Based Learning and guides students through the steps of developing civic action projects that focus on urban-water-related issues in their communities.
Students will look at how pollution, channelization, and pumping of water in California wetlands results in the loss of vital ecosystem services.
In this lesson students will learn about the sources and effects of major water pollutants to support their fieldwork data collection.
In this lesson students will gain a deeper understanding of the organizational hierarchies in water quality management and responsibilities assigned to each agency.
In this lesson, students will take a field trip to a section of their local waterway to gain a first-hand understanding of water quality and habitat health.
Urban Waters Civic Action Project is a partnership of Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, and UCLA: Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.