|You live in the northwestern Wisconsin city of Menomonie and
you are members of the city council. Your council has been working, for
years, on the problem of the algae bloom that occurs yearly in Lake Menomin.
It happens earlier each summer, covers more and more of the lake and is
really stinky. The eutrophication has caused many different kinds of wildlife
to struggle for existence. The community wants to figure out the cause of
the problem, and solve it! But, the causes of the problem come from many
sources. The solutions will take a long time and effort on the part of everyone
in the community. What can you do to help restore the lake’s natural
You will be planning an event to be held during the local
Fourth of July celebration in Wakanda Park. One of you will be developing
the script for the program. One of you will design and build a model demonstrating
how the algae bloom occurs. This will be displayed at your program. All
of you will be prepared to participate in a debate about the problem and
one of you will write a song that address the issue. Finally, one of you
will make a brochure that explains the algae problem. This brochure will
be passed out at the Fourth of July event and will also be distributed
at other events in the community.
|This event must be designed to attract people to it. Be ready for the press (your teacher) to interview you about the event.|
|Ten class periods will be allotted to complete this project.
If your group needs more time, you will be expected to do it outside of
You will be divided into “city councils” of four members each. Each of you will choose one of the research areas ton which to become an expert:
Each person will use the resources listed under their area of expertise (as well as any other sources) to research their topic. Take notes as you go. These will be evaluated at the end to see how well you researched. Identify the source of information when you take notes.
Time will then be given for you to do more research to answer these questions.
Again, take notes and keep track of where you get the information. Use
the Vocabulary Page to help you understand
the terms you will encounter.
Each expert will come up with ideas for his or her part of the final project.
A 1997 Description of the Algae Bloom on Wisconsin Lakes.
Red Cedar River Basin Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
Science for Schools: Water Basics
A Primer on Water Quality
Harmful Algae Blooms
Effects of Urbanization on Water Quality
Water Pollution: Sewage
Effects of Urbanization on Water Quality: Sewage Overflows
What is Stormwater and Polluted Runoff?
Manure Management and Water Quality
Water Pollution: Agriculture
around the home
Bear Creek Restoration Project
Welcome to Wisconsin’s Self-Help Citizen Lake Monitoring
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You have learned a lot about a problem without an easy solution. Remember, this problem really has been around for many years and you could be part of the solution. Feel free to share any part of your work with local policy makers, or contact your state or federal legislators and get involved in helping change the environmental laws!
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