- Understand the dependence of all organisms on one another and how energy and matter flow within an aquatic ecosystem.
- Understand the concept of carrying capacity for a given aquatic ecosystem, and be able to discuss how competing water usage may affect the ability of the system to sustain wildlife, forestry and anthropogenic needs.
- Identify common, rare, threatened and endangered aquatic species as well as Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) through the use of a key.
- Know how to perform biological water quality monitoring tests and understand why these tests are used to assess and manage aquatic environments.
- Describe the habitat needs of three specific aquatic animals, and compare and contrast the flow of energy in three different aquatic food chains.
- Create a visual display of rare and endangered aquatic species. Explain how human activities are causing species imperilment and specify actions being taken to protect these species.
- Conduct a biological stream assessment by collecting macro-invertebrates. Stream Data sheets (key point 1, resource 4) should be used to record and analyze information. Explain why these organisms are biological indicators that help us determine the health of a stream or waterway.
- Introduction to Watershed Ecology: Watershed Academy Web
- NOAA The Endangered Species Act: Marine Species
- Introduction to Freshwater Fish as Bilogical Indicators Pages 3-12
- Georgia Adopt a Stream Manual on Biological and Chemical Stream Monitoring
- WV Save Our Streams’ Benthic Macro-invertebrate field guide