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"Clean Water, Common Ground"

"Clean Water, Common Ground" (DVD, National Film Network) - A penetrating look at Hawaii's struggles to address water quality issues in "paradise," Clean Water, Common Ground contends that the responsibility of maintaining good conservation paractice is upon each one of us. We must recognize the dramatic role water has in shaping our environment, and how it affects different species of animals and fish in the ocean. If we address the chief threats to our environment and determine the measures needed to tacke those threats head-on, we may be able to preserve both water and land for many generations to come. But we must act now! (27-minute, made-for-TV documentary plus extra 27-minute studio discussion). WINNER OF TWO TELLY AWARDS [Silver Award for Wildlife/Nature Documentary and Bronze Award for Documentary).

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C1. Water Quality Standards

After viewing BOTH the feature, "Clean Water, Common Ground" AND the Studio Discussion, make a list of things that you think impact water quality. When you're ready, click on the links below and read several Adobe.pdf "front page" articles on water quality standards from the Kaiaka-Waialua Hydrologic Unit Area (KWHUA) Bulletin. What determines drinking, ground, runoff, stream, embayment (coastal) and/or ocean water quality?

During its five, federally-funded years, government, corporate and public members of the Kaiaka-Waialua Hydrologic Unit Project (KWHUA) on Northshore Oahu Island of Hawaii struggled with developing Water Quality Standards for water. They looked at drinking water, groundwater, runoff, stream water, embayment (coastal) water and ocean water. Some of their results were cataloged in the KWHUA Bulletin.

1. What is Water Quality? Read the June 1994 Kaiaka-Waialua Bay News front page article entitled "Soil and Water Quality," and explore the meaning of water quality.

2. Why is Groundwater So Important? Read the April 1995 Kaiaka-Waialua Bay News front page article entitled "Groundwater Quality Strategies," see what two Hawaii high school students did about it, and explore why many think groundwater quality is important.

3. What is Ecological Health? Read the December 1993 Kaiaka-Waialua Bay News front page article entitled "Our Ecological Health" and explore what ecology and water quality have in common.

4. How are Culture and Water Quality Related? Read the April 1995 Kaiaka-Waialua Bay News article entitled "Cultural Waters Run Deep" and explore the important relationship between culture and water quality.

When you've finished, I'd love to hear your individual or group ideas about this key topic: Post a summary of your opinion on the Official "Clean Water, Common Ground" Blog. While you're blogging, take just a moment to also tell me your opinion about the value of "Clean Water, Common Ground," what parts you especially liked, and any suggestions as to how to make these learning resources better.


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