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Wyland Water Supplement: Rivers

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Whale murals by the artist known as Wyland have brought attention to oceans and marine life all over the world. Now the Wyland Foundation has teamed with Hollister Kids to create five NIE supplements exploring water issues faced by communities and habitats in the United States and other countries. Each supplement addresses the challenges facing a different water habitat: Rivers, Lakes, Oceans, Wetlands and Estuaries. And each centerspread is a handsome, full-color Wyland illustration focusing on water issues. Use-the-newspaper activities connect the topics covered to environmental issues making news every day, and NIE teachers can download a FREE 100-page Teacher Guide from the Wyland Foundation Web site. The debut of the Rivers supplement coincides with a month-long “Barging Down the Mississippi” tour by the Wyland Foundation through the Mississippi River watershed in October. The tour features clean water activities promoting the preservation and restoration of the Mississippi watershed, education and entertainment events and personal appearances by Wyland. Classroom studies will promote volunteerism, and classes will be invited to local zoos or aquariums to extend the learning through interpretive exhibits and educational materials. Students also will get to participate in water quality testing and live painting events, at which they will learn how art can be used to promote environmental efforts. Stops on the tour include Minneapolis, Dubuque (IA), Madison (WI), Indianapolis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Springfield (MO), Memphis, Jackson (MS) and New Orleans—though all NIE programs will benefit from these water materials. The Rivers supplement explains watersheds, marine food webs and the human impact on water environments. It also profiles leading river watersheds, including the Mississippi, the Congo, the Rhine, the Ganges and the Columbia. A special section explores the “dead zone” caused by Mississippi River pollution in the Gulf of Mexico, while profiles of people making a difference show how students can get involved.

Sample Newspaper Activity
Throughout history, rivers all over the world have played a significant part in the settling of communities. Large cities auch as London, Paris, Shanghai and Rome are all located along the banks of rivers. In the newspaper, find a photo of a community located on a river. Or find a photo of such a community online. Study the photo carefully. Brainstorm and list reasons why this particular community was established next to the river. Do some reasearch on the Internet and discover if your ideas were correct.

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environmental groups, water businesses and industries, utilities, civic groups, conservation groups, recreation businesses or areas, resorts, boat or yacht makers, marine supply firms, state environmental agencies