AP Env. Science AB Course Resources
Module 13: Water Pollution and Treatment
ASSIGNMENT RESOURCES AND TIPS
Surf your Watershed
- The handout for this lab can be found on page 3 of the module.
- This site (https://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx) is a great resource for creating a graph. Excel is also a popular choice. This VIDEO shows you how to create a graph with Excel.
- Find your HUC code: https://water.usgs.gov/wsc/reg/03.html
- Once you've found your HUC code, google "[HUC code] scorecard". For example, my HUC code is 03130001 and I googled "03130001 scorecard". Click on the first link - it should go to a page similar to this: http://scorecard.goodguide.com/env-releases/water/cwa-causes.tcl?huc8=03130001&type=rsc. This should allow you to see indicators for your watershed. You may not be able to find the normal range, but you should be able to find the pollutant, sources of the pollutant, and you can use your knowledge of Environmental Science to complete the "consequences of pollutant" column in the data table.
QUIZ: Where is the water?
- Read AND take notes on the content on page 3 of the module BEFORE you begin your quiz.
DISCUSSION: The Great Pacific Trash Dump
- Use this RUBRIC to help you write a discussion posting that will earn full points.
- Make sure when you respond to your classmates that you post AT LEAST a 2-3 sentence response. "I agree with..." or "I disagree with..." is not enough to earn full points for a response. You must say why you agree or disagree and back up your reasoning.
Develop a plan to investigate and remediate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In your plan include and explain all of the following:
- Sources of garbage
- Environmental consequences of ocean trash
- Description of location of "Patch"
- Clear plan of action to remove and remediate
The following resources may be helpful to you as you compose your discussion posting:
Lab: The Poop on Poop - Wastewater Treatment
- The handout for this lab can be found on page 7 of the module.
The following resources may be helpful to you as you complete the lab:
FRQ: Groundwater Pollutants
- To receive full credit for the free response question, you will need to show all steps necessary to explain how the answer was found.
- The College Board used to offer 11 possible points for each FRQ, but a student can never earn more than 10 points on an FRQ. So your FRQs will be graded out of 10 points.
- Watch these videos for help answering FRQs: FRQ Tips and Tricks Part 1, FRQ Tips and Tricks Part 2
- FRQs may NOT be resubmitted for a higher grade.
TEST: Water Pollution and Treatment
- Do not begin your test until you have completed all self-assessments, assignments, and the review items and feel confident in your understanding of this material.