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Wyland Water Supplement: Estuaries

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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: Estuaries, Oceans, Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands. 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 90-page Teacher Guide from the Wyland Foundation Web site. The Estuaries supplement draws on Wyland’s artistic involvement in marine and environmental issues to paint a comprehensive picture of challenges facing the world’s estuaries. The section explains the special role estuaries play in coastal areas, how they came to be, how they connect to watersheds on land and how human activities affect them. Profiles examine major estuaries such as the Chesapeake Bay, the Bay of Bengal in southern Asia, St. Lucia Estuary in South Africa and the Tijuana River Estuary between California and Mexico. A special section explores how salt and fresh water interact in different ways in different estuaries, and a case study examines the unique lives of sandbar sharks in the Chesapeake Bay. Profiles of people making a difference show how students can get involved to protect and preserve estuaries and ocean life in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Sample Newspaper Activity
Pollution can affect all bodies of water, not just estuaries. Look through the newspaper and find a story or photo involving waterways or estuaries in your area. Write a paragraph describing different ways water pollution could affect the area involved and the wildlife that lives in it. Then write a second paragraph describing how to correct water pollution if it exists or prevent it if it does not exist.

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