In conjunction with the Missoula Water Quality District, WEN helps students explore the connection between groundwater, surface water, drinking water and our local creeks, streams and rivers. Our class presentations include hands-on activities helping students explore the difference between surface and groundwater. We let the students build their own aquifer models to observe how water moves through different substrates, demonstrate surface runoff using an Envision groundwater flow model, and show how contaminants and water can move through Missoula’s aquifer using groundwater flow models donated by Missoula Water Quality District and Mountain Water Company.
We also bring our lessons into the field, monitoring well data at a few sites around Western Montana (with plans to expand!) in conjunction with our School Stream Monitoring field trips.