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Ch 8: Causes and Effects of Freshwater Pollution

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter were made to test you on the causes and effects of freshwater pollution. Our instructors designed these lessons to get you ready for a big exam or to get better grades in your environmental science class.

Causes and Effects of Freshwater Pollution- Chapter Summary

Watch video lessons and read text lessons on the effects of freshwater pollution. Every lesson is paired with a short multiple-choice quiz that you can use to check your understanding of these environmental science topics. You will master topics on water storage and water conversation. Additional topics you will study in this chapter include:

  • Issues with aquifer depletion
  • Examples on aquifer depletion and surface waters such as the Ogallala Aquifer and the Colorado River Basin
  • Sustainable water use
  • Benefits of dams and reservoirs
  • Two types of water pollution
  • How water is treated
  • Purpose of the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Causes and Effects of Freshwater Pollution
Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply

1. Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply

This video lesson describes water resources issues such as aquifer depletion, overdrawing surface waters and salinization of irrigated soil. You will also learn about the impacts of activities affecting water resources.

Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

2. Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources

This video lesson describes the effects of overuse on two major water resources in the U.S.: the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and the overdrawing of the Colorado River.

Water Conservation: How Water Management Can Lead to Sustainable Use

3. Water Conservation: How Water Management Can Lead to Sustainable Use

In this video lesson you will learn about the importance of water conservation. You will also learn about the two ways freshwater is used, and how proper water use can lead to sustainability in agriculture, homes, and manufacturing.

Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

4. Water Storage: The Pros and Cons of Dams & Reservoirs

In this lesson, you will contrast the benefits and drawback of water storage. You will learn about how and why water is stored and how this affects the surrounding ecosystems and human communities.

Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

5. Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types and sources of water pollution. You will gain an understanding of both surface water and groundwater pollution and the similarities and differences between them.

Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

6. Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

In this lesson, you will learn how water is purified for drinking, and how wastewater is treated before being put back into the environment. You will also learn about water purification issues in developing countries.

The Clean Water Act & Safe Drinking Water Act: Legislation for Clean Water

7. The Clean Water Act & Safe Drinking Water Act: Legislation for Clean Water

In this lesson, you will learn about the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. You'll discover how both laws help keep our waters free of pollution and safe for everyday use.

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