The Aquatics station covers many topics relating to water including, but not limited to, water chemistry, the hydrologic cycle, aquifers, watersheds, water pollution, water management, wetlands, biological and chemical monitoring, water regulations, water uses, aquatic invasive species, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and water conservation.
The primary source of written test questions and some hands-on test questions will be from the Aquatics Study Guide links available below. In addition, you should use any local resources available to you, and study the current competition resources listed on the North American Envirothon website.
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.
Understand how education programs and enforcement agencies are working together to protect aquatic habitats and preventing those who use our waterways from inadvertently transporting Aquatic Nuisance Species ANS from one river to another.
Interpret major provincial and /or federal laws and methods used to protect water quality (i.e. surface and ground water). Utilize this information to propose management decisions that would improve the quality of water in a given situation.
Be familiar with the Federal, Provincial and state agencies that provide oversight of water resources, and understand that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a useful and important tool in the management of water resources.
Identify global and local sources of point and non-point source pollution and be able to discuss methods to reduce point and non-point source pollution.
Understand the interaction of competing uses of water for water supply, hydropower, navigation, wildlife, recreation, waste assimilation, irrigation, and industry.
Know the meaning of water conservation, and understand why it is important every time you turn on a faucet.