This lesson was developed by Dr. Cynthia Annett. It can be used in conjunction with There is a notebook in the attachment section that can be printed out on 4x6 cards and bound with book rings. Caring For The Kaw Part 5: Your Personal Action Plan
We share the world with many other creatures who also depend on the water in our river to live. Just like us, frogs, fish, birds, and other animals need water. So do plants. That's why when we take more water out of the river than we need we have a negative impact on other creatures.
Let's review all of the things that we have learned-- our Water Footprint, the amount of stormwater runoff that comes off of our house, what is in our watershed, and our connection to the Kaw. What have we learned about the importance of the river to our lives, and what can we do to help the river?
Students will develop a personal Action Plan for how they will help the river. This can include conserving water at home, planting a rain garden or making rain barrels to reduce stormwater runoff, volunteering with a parent fora Friends of the Kaw activity (these can be found in the Announcements and Calendar on the KansasRiver.org website), or other activities listed below in the Resource section. The Action Plan should consist of small activities that are within the student's own ability to implement. Develop a chart that can be used to record progress, and set a date for when the student can review the plan and observe their own progress (make the time interval relatively short, like a week or month). Consider using material from Caring for the Kaw for a science fair project, or for 4-H, Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, or other youth organization in order to teach others about being a good watershed citizen.
EPA Water Sense for Kids
Blue River Watershed Association
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network