Watershed Connections Materials
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
ICPRB’s Watershed Connections program links the connections between watersheds, land use, and water quality, using a watershed model to demonstrate historical land use, water pollution, and best management practices.
Learn how to build your own watershed model and download the lesson plans below.
Build Your Own Watershed Connections Model
The instructions and lesson plans for building and using your own Watershed Connections Model are below.
Watershed Connections Lesson Plans
While meeting multiple environmental literacy and curriculum requirements (listed in the lesson plan), students can use the model to investigate numerous topics, including historical land use, water pollution, and the use of best management practices. From grades 2-12, teachers are finding these models support lessons in the water cycle, ecology, sociology, and more.
| Objectives—Students will be able to:
Watershed Connections Presentation
- Watershed Connections: Watersheds, Land Use, and Sustainable Practices PDF PowerPoint
- Alternate Version PDF PowerPoint (Created by ESOL teacher Kari Rowe, ideal for beginner English learners or lower grade levels)
Watershed Model Activities
- Activity 1: Pre-Colonial and Colonial Era 1600s-1700s
- Activity 2: 1960s-1990s
- Activity 3: The Beginning of the New Millennium, 2000 and Beyond!