WATER DIVISION
—"We see a  world that has abundant, safe, and clean  water
resources to sustain (ill living things -- now and in the future." —

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  "To  advance and  support education efforts  to develop an
  environmentally  conscious and responsible public, and  to
  inspire in all individuals a sense of personal responsibility for
  the care of the environment."
In support of the Agency's Environmental Education mission, this
brochure highlights key Education and Outreach resources
available from the Water Division of U.S. EPA's Regional Office
in Chicago, Illinois—Region 5, covering the midwest States of
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Our goal is to get you the information, assistance, and tools you
need to understand water quality issues and the contribution water
programs make to protect public health and the environment, how
these impact you and what you can do to help conserve and protect
our valuable water resources. We also want to help teachers,
parents, and other organizations educate youth on various water
topics and promote the pursuit of environmental careers. Visit the
Education and Outreach Management Team at

Interactive Models  	Pg. 3

Software	Pg. 5

Videos	Pg. 8

Internet	Pg. 12

Water Related Education & Outreach Materials	Pg. 14

Speakers	Pg. 14

Overall U.S. EPA Environmental Education Program .. Pg. 15

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^Interactive Models
Enviroscape Non-Point Source Model:

The Non-Point Source Enviroscape model, developed by JT&A,
inc., is a powerful, hands-on, interactive tool designed to
demonstrate how what we do on land affects water quality.  The
model is three-dimensional in design and molded from plastic to
simulate a watershed landscape. It is approximately 25"x3()"x5"
and comes packed in a sturdy case with wheels to facilitate

The model features
residential, recreational,
agricultural, industrial.
transport, and land
development areas, where
various pollution causing
activities can occur. The
accompanying kit contains
everything you need,
including miniature vehicles,
houses, plants, factories, cars,
cows, trees and more, to
demonstrate and spark
discussions about the water
quality issues and concerns
that a typical community can face. Participants learn by applying
chemicals (various colors of drink mix), and loose soil or sediment
(cocoa) throughout these areas in the watershed community.  Rain.
using  a spray bottle, helps to illustrate how these pollutants can
move throughout the watershed. You can also demonstrate how
pollution can be prevented, and how it can be cleaned up by using
felt vegetation swatches, clay berms, and miniature fences around
pollution sources.

The model has been successfully used with students from
Kindergarten through 12th grade as well as universities, soil and
water conservation districts, city governments, utility companies.
and civic and environmental groups around the county.  We have

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two models available "on loan" which can be shipped to you along
with a user's manual and a script for elementary school
classrooms.  We also offer a 3-hour training program at our Region
5 Office. To reserve a model or inquire about training,  contact
Ernie Lopez at lopez.ernesto.epa.gov, (312) 886-3017 or LaYvette
Collymore at (312) 353-4416, collymore.layvette@.epa.gov

For more information on how to order your very own model, you
may contact JT&A at (703) 519-2180 or visit their website at
www.enviroscapes.com/.  You may also order from the Terrene
Institute through their products catalog. Write Erin Foster, 4
Herbert St., Alexandria,  VA 22305 or visit their website at
www.terrene.org/envirosc.htm for a free catalog.

Ground Water Flow Model:

The groundwater flow model, developed by The Western Group,
L.C., is a self-contained hydrogeologic system, an excellent tool
for teaching basic ground water concepts.   It is a cross-section of
the earth contained in a clear, acrylic plastic model measuring
20"x6"xl2" that comes complete and ready to use in a
stable, case for
storage and
transport.  This
model easily and
clearly illustrates
the role of
groundwater in the
hydrologic cycle
and the
groundwater and
surface water.
The  model also
enables audiences to understand and visualize in color, the nature.
behavior, and contamination of groundwater, an otherwise
invisible and often unimaginable natural resource.  Different color
dyes injected into the various, common routes to groundwater
show patterns that help illustrate these principles.  Pumping water

wells and injection wells show how ground water contaminant
plumes can move throughout a drinking water system, for example.

The front compartment of the model functions as the surface and
underground portions of a drainage basin from recharge to
discharge areas and features a stream, a lake, wells (water or
injection), a flowing artesian well,  an underground storage tank, a
septic tank system, artesian and water table sand aquifers, and a
clay aquitard.  The rear compartment is a reservoir which allows
the model to operate continuously by recycling water with an
electric aquarium pump, or to operate manually using a plastic
water bottle. This model has been  used by teachers, scientists,
groundwater consultants, well drillers, environmental advocates
and other professionals at a number of different events, workshops.
and training sessions.  Contact Kristina Bell at (312) 886-7489 or
bell.kristina@epa.gov for more information.

To order a model for your education and outreach program,
contact The Western Group, L.C. at (616) 665-4691 or order
through the Groundwater Education in Michigan (G.E.M.) Center
at Western Michigan University website,

^Software &

Desdemona's  Splash! CD-ROM Game:

Desdemona's Splash is an interactive PC game about water quality
and the environment. Users learn  how common, day-to-day
activities result in pollution
and what to do to help prevent
pollution and protect water
resources. Desdemona the
Dragon Fly takes you through
three different  places within a
watershed community—a Farm.
a Neighborhood, and a City.
Users click on  those activities
in each scene that  they think
affect water quality and

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Desdemona will show how chosen activities relate to the water
quality of the lake.

We have a limited supply of software copies available.  We also
have staff available to demonstrate the software at your school,
organization, or event, as budget resources and Agency priorities
allow.  Contact Richard Zdanowicz at (312) 886-1502 or
z.danowicz.richard@epa.gov for more information.

You may also purchase a copy of the software in CD-ROM
through the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
for $12 for the first copy, and $7 for each additional copy.  Call
(765) 494-5969 or E-mail: ctic@ctic.purdue.edu.  A tour and demo
of the game is available on line at U.S. EPA's Home Page at:


U.S. EPA Region 5 Software for Environmental Awareness:
                            U.S. EPA Region 5 Software
                            Development Section, in partnership
                            with Purdue University, has
                            developed over 50 titles of
                            interactive software on a wide range
                           , of environmental topics, aimed at a
                          • wide range of audiences and
                          ' audience levels.  Spanish versions
                          "I are available for some. Content
                            listings are posted at
Water related titles include:

   Chemical Contamination in Fish
   Ground Water Primer
   Wellhead Protection
   Private Water Systems
   UIC Class V Wells
   Surface Water Education System
   Efficient Landscape Planner
Electronic Wetlands Herbarium
Wetlands Education System
Environmental Assessment Case Study
Environmental Assessment Resource Guide
Mercury in Medical Facilities
Residential Water Conservation Techniques
For free software and the most up-to-date information, visit the
U.S. EPA SEAHOME Website which features downloadable

versions of all our current software programs.  The files are in
compressed form and can be uncompressed using PKUNZIP
version 2.04g. The URL is: www.epa.gov/seahome.

For software on CD-ROM, available at cost from Purdue
University, contact the Farm Building  Plan Service, Purdue
University, 1146 ABE Building, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-
1146.  By phone call (765) 494-1173; via fax (765) 494-1356; E-
mail: fbps @ ecn.purdue. edu.

If you still have questions, comments,  or need additional
information, please contact Karen Reshkin at
reshkin.karen@.epa.gov or (312) 353-6353

Lake Michigan Explorer:

The Lake Michigan Explorer is an interactive software available
on CD which uses video clips of experts  combined with text and
                                     graphics to stimulate a
                                     question and answer
                                     dialogue about Lake
                                     Michigan. Discussion
                                     focuses on the overall
                                     health of Lake Michigan
                                     and the role everyone
                                     plays in the causes and
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the software available to the public, may  request a copy of the CD.
The software was developed in partnership with the Chicago
Academy of Sciences. Northwestern University's Institute for the
Learning Sciences  (ILS), and the U.S. EPA. For more
information, please contact Rita Garner at (312) 886-2440.
garner.rita@epa.gov, or Judy Beck at  (312) 353-3849.
beckjudy @ epa. gov.

Lake Superior Explorer
The Lake Superior Explorer is an interactive software available on
CD, which makes use of video clip interviews of experts,
combined with text and graphics to stimulate a question and
answer dialogue about Lake Superior. The discussions focus on
the ecosystem, the lake and its inhabitants, resources, human
impacts and facts & figures. The CD will be featured in schools,
teacher workshops, and kiosks at museums, libraries, aquariums
and nature centers. The computer hardware and software will be
provided for the public by these organizations. The software is
being developed in partnership with Northwestern University's
Institute for the Learning Sciences (ILS) and the U.S. EPA. For
more information about the CD's release, please contact Kristina
Bell (312)886-7489. beU.knstina@epa.sov or Janice Carrollo
(312)353-6416. carrollo.ianice@epa.gov.
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Community Based Environmental Protection Videos

U.S. EPA's, Region 5 Water Division and Office of Public Affairs,
and the Great Lakes National Program Office developed these
videos which highlight community based environmental
protection.  These videos were designed to stimulate ideas, provide
a sense of progress and practical ways for target audiences to
increase environmental awareness, form new partnerships, and
take action in their communities.
                                        "Great Lakes Teens,
                                        Stewards of Today,
                                        Partners for
                                        Tomorrow", is about
                                        leadership and taking
                                        actions in their
                                        communities. The
                                        video tells five
                                        stories, one in each of
                                        the Great Lakes

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watersheds, about teens who are taking action now to help address
critical environmental issues around the Great Lakes for the future.
The stories include: promoting sustainable development
throughout the  Lake Superior basin; restoring natural habitat in
the Lake Michigan basin; dealing with exotic species in the Bay
City, Michigan area; addressing non-point source problems in the
Rouge River watershed; and reducing toxics in Rochester, New
York. (Running Time - 45 minutes)

"Northwest Indiana: Partnerships for Change", looks at new ways
of doing business in Northwest Indiana. The video:  examines
innovative household hazardous waste program put in place by
three counties; visits
the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore
showing progress made
to restore the dunes
natural habitat; stops by
Wolf Lake to see how a
shoreline erosion
problem is solved; and,
talks about how an
artificial wetland is
reducing non-point
source pollution from
the tollway. Finally, the
video addresses the cooperative efforts of State and Federal
agencies and businesses to stop oil leakage into the Grand Calumet
River. (Running Time - 18 minutes)

These video's are available on loan through the Water Division
Education & Outreach Resource Room which is featured in this

Other Videos

We have videos available on a
variety of different water subjects.
See the Water Division Education
and Outreach Resource Room
Section for more information and to
obtain a list of videos.

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Here are a few highlights!

"The Problem With Shallow Disposal Systems" - Alerts local
communities to shallow disposal systems, an often overlooked
pollution source. It only takes one such system to pollute an entire
drinking water supply and threaten the economic  health of a
community. Video helps to identify and solve the problem.
(Running Time - 15 minutes)

"Water the Life Giver" - Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe describes
their way of life and efforts to protect their water  resources.
(Running Time - 30 minutes)

"Troubled Waters" - Produced by Linda Gerber Productions under
                            IEPA/U.S. EPA funding, "Troubled
                            Waters"  discusses  the dangers and
                            risks associated  with the disposal of
                            automotive waste fluids into such
                            avenues  as floor drains that lead to
                            shallow disposal systems which
                            then discharge underground, thus,
                            potentially threatening to
                            contaminate the  ground water
                            below. While the  video was
                            designed to educate operators about
                            the impact of their day-to-day
                            practices on the environment, it
                            may also serve as an educational
                            tool for the general public.  The
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pollution prevention tips for the automotive
industry, informs oil & gas consumers, and
discusses U.S. EPA laws and injection well
program which regulates these practices.
(Running Time - 19 minutes)

"Protecting Your Ground Water Supply:
Putting the Pieces Together" - Communities
discuss their experience in developing local
wellhead protection programs. Through
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excerpts from a Regional conference, the video highlights the
lessons learned in delineating wellhead protection areas,
conducting potential source inventories, managing potential
sources to reduce the risks to the water supply, and educating the
public. (Running Time - 27 minutes)

"Between Sky and Shore ... A Closer Look at Wisconsin's
Wetlands" - Discusses wetlands and their importance to every
living thing.  A product of the Wisconsin Costal Management
Program - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  (Running
Time: 26 minutes)

"A World in  Our Backyard...  A Wetlands Education and
Stewardship  Program" - Shows how three different teachers
from different towns
inculcate learning by
doing. Also  featured
on the tape is
"Fabulous Wetlands"
which describes
wetlands through the
eyes of a very
humorous narrator.
Product of the New
England Interstate
Water Pollution
Control Commission;
funding provided by U.S. EPA,  Region 1 in Boston,
Massachusetts. (Running Time: 23 Minutes)

"Building Partnerships Over Land & Water...  The Mackinaw
River Project" -  Shows how a watershed management plan was
organized by forming
a team and working
with the community.
Produced by  Impact
Video Productions
and funded by The
Nature Conservancy
and IEPA under grant
from U.S. EPA.
(Running Time: 24 minutes)

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 "Be A Part of the Solution To The
Saginaw Bay Watershed... A
Citizen's Guide For Improving
Water Quality " - Shows what you
can do to protect your watershed.
Produced by Michigan State
University and funded by the
Saginaw Bay National Watershed
through a grant from the U.S. EPA.
(Running Time:  13 minutes)

^Internet &
Internet Resources:

Visit U.S. EPA 's Office Of
Water Kids page for a variety
of information on water topics
at www.epa.gov/ow/kids.html.  ,
Check out  some science fun for
kids in the  water environment;
take a cyberwalk through the
kids art gallery; learn more
about marine debris; and access
several drinking  water
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Surf Your Watersh
A Service to Help You Locate. Use, and Share
Environmental Information about Your Place.
                               The U.S. EPA's Surf Your
                               Watershed website at
                               www.epa.gov/surf/ gives you
                               information you can  use and
                               share with others about the
watershed in which you live. You can also learn about adopting a
watershed by visiting
Visit U.S. EPA's Office
of Water Non-Point
Source Kids page at
NPS/kids/.  Become an

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aquatic crusader; learn about water critters; do a non-point source
word search; and, find out what's wrong with a non-point source

Visit U.S. EPA's Explorer's Club kids page on water at
www.epa.gov/kids/water.htm.  Learn about water, water,
everywhere; explore different water ecosystems and learn about
the plants and animals that make water their home.

Visit the U.S. EPA Region 5's Joint, 25th Anniversary Home Page
for the Clean Water Act and the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement at www.epa.gov/25water/.  These two historic
legislative milestones began 25 years of unprecedented
restoration and
protection efforts.

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flowers, beaches,
communities and other Great Lakes resources that have been
threatened by erosion, exotic species, toxic chemicals and various
other pollutants. See some of the solutions brought about under
these legislative milestones. Also includes an on-line version of
The Great Lakes: an Environmental Atlas and Resource Book and
a Great Lakes Images Collection.

Visit U.S. EPA Region 5 Water Division's Electronic Compendium
ofGroundwater Protection Ordinances at
www.epa.gov/r5water/ordcom/. More than 200 cities, towns,
tribal nations, reservations, and territories protect groundwater
public drinking water systems from contamination by using a
variety of local government tools such as zoning, health
regulations, subdivision controls, and transfer of development
rights. The ordinances, regulations, and by-laws implementing
these tools range from regulating individual sewage disposal
systems, placing limitations on the use of toxic and hazardous
materials, pesticides, salts, and limiting nitrogen loading within
wellhead protection areas, to prohibiting certain uses such as
landfills, and underground fuel storage tanks within wellhead
protection areas.  Users may use a web browser for an  "All-in-
State" ordinance text search to find documents of interest within a

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given state. The electronic compendium also offers individual
ordinances by State available in downloadable .PDF file format.

^ Water Related Education & Outreach Materials &
                             Water Division Education and
                             Outreach Resource Room:

                             The Water Division Education and
                             Outreach Resource Room, is the
                             Division's central point for storage
                             and distribution of water related
                             education and outreach materials.
                             There's tons of information to
                             choose from on various topics,
                             including wastewater, wellhead
                             and source water protection,
                             ground water, drinking water,
injection wells, non-point source pollution, Lake Erie, Lake
Superior, Lake Michigan, watersheds, wetlands.  We have videos.
brochures, activity sheets, curriculum, fact sheets, and more. For
more information on how to order these resources or to obtain a
list of available materials, contact:

Richard Zdanowicz, (312) 886-1502. Program Manager
Valoria Robinson. (312) 886-4281. Inventory Manager
Willa Winston. (312) 886-6682. Room Manager
E-mail: [enter last name].[enter first name]@epa.gov

^Speakers &

Speakers Bureau:

The Agency receives calls from many
organizations looking for speakers to
address a variety of topics.  Requests
range from schools looking for science
fair judges, to civic
organizations wanting
speakers for their monthly
meetings, to trade groups

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looking for somebody to explain new regulations. If you or your
organization is interested in having a U.S. EPA employee address
an environmental topic, contact the agency's hotline at (800) 621-
8431 for more information.

1kOverall U.S. EPA, Region 5 Environmental
Education Program ik

For more information on the U.S. EPA Region 5's overall
environmental education program, check out
www.epa.gov/region5/enved or contact the agency's hotline
at (800) 621-8431.
Resources Include:

Environmental Education Grants Program
U.S. EPA Region 5 Library - (Resource List Available)
Curriculum guides
Speaker's Bureau
And More!

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(Last Update: June 21, 1999)
This resource brochure is developed and distributed by the U.S. EPA
Region 5 Water Division, Education & Outreach Management Team.
Visit us at our website at www.epa.gov/r5water/eom.