February 28, 2009

Brain Teasers For All Ages

Watershed Contradiction Game

"Awareness is the first step towards change." -Anonymous

Question #1

What is a watershed?

  1. A plastic swimming pool filled with water in your backyard.
  2. An area of land from which rainwater and snow melt drain into a stream, then a creek, next a river, perhaps a lake, through a dam, and into the Bay and finally the ocean.
  3. A pond, or a holding tank.
  4. Treated sewage water in a marshland.

#2&#4! All the brooks, creeks, ditches, swamps, bogs, and marshes that drain water from the land into a particular stream, lake, or river are all tributaries included in a watershed.

Question #2

Consider the water you drink today, is that the same water that was here when dinosaurs roamed the earth?

If so, why? If not, how come?

Question #3

True or False.

In your lifetime you drink enough water to fill about 300 bathtubs. False.

Sorry, wrong answer. You really do need that much water to live. This is why it is important that we keep the water as clean as possible and take care of the lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands.

Question #4

True or False. A limnologist is a scientist who studies aquatic insects. True and False

That's right! A limnologist is a scientist who studies any body of water. Their research helps to protect waters from pollution.

Question #5

True or False. It is not important for anybody to worry about what drains into the watersheds near your home, because you will never be reusing that water again, nor will it affect you. False

All water is cycled continuously and if it is polluted, it can make animals, insects, plants and even people, sick. We have to stop polluting our watersheds. Everyone in the world has a responsibility to make sure to pollute water as little as possible, or best of all, not at All.

Question #6

There are many ways the streams, rivers, and lakes get polluted or destroyed. Construct a few ideas that will reduce pollution, or select from a list below and accomplish one of the following:

  • Contact a City Government office and get their free Stencil Kit for stenciling awareness messages, such as "No Dumping, Drains to Bay," next to storm drain sewers.
  • Create a blog to inform and educate the public about watershed pollution prevention.
  • Get involved in a stream restoration project with your school, family, or neighborhood.
  • Join Roots and Shoots Program.
  • Start an advertising campaign for biodegradable soap use among the populace in Belize, Costa Rica or Mexico.


patrice said...

I'm curious to know the answer to #2. Is it the same water?

Kristin Sherman Olnes said...

Yes Patrice, It is the same water.

According to http://www.kidzone.ws/water/, an internet site that welcomes shared use of their text, the earth has a limited amount of water. That water keeps going around in the "Water Cycle."

This cycle is made up of a few main parts:
• evaporation (and transpiration)
• condensation
• precipitation
• collection

The water in your glass may have fallen from the sky as rain just last week, but the water itself has been around pretty much as long as the earth has!

When the first fish crawled out of the ocean onto the land, your glass of water was part of that ocean.

When the Brontosaurus walked through lakes feeding on plants, your glass of water was part of those lakes.

When kings and princesses, knights and squires took a drink from their wells, your glass of water was part of those wells.

I hope that answeres your question Patrice and thanks for asking. I enjoy feedback.

patrice said...

Makes me want to drink more water!
With warmth,

Stefaneener said...

I'm so excited about what we're doing to make our own little family water cycle. In just one storm, really, we were able to harvest 825 gallons of water (plus a few 5 gallon buckets here and there), and since the children don't think morning is right without a bath -- don't ask, we're just bathers -- I then siphon the water out for trees and veggies. They don't use soap, of course, just water and whatever their little bodies contribute. . .

But I forget to drink enough water myself. Got to get enough bathtubs down me!