The Foundation is committed to providing balanced information regarding the use of water as a renewable energy resource in the Northwest. All segments of the public have become increasingly concerned with the costs and benefits of operating hydroelectric facilities. Environmental impacts, operational issues, economic needs, preservation of benefits such as flood control and recreation, and an increasingly complex regulatory and legislative atmosphere contribute to a public often lacking the clarity and information needed to make informed choices. The Nature of Water Power section is a thematic science unit appropriate for grades six through eight. The activities in this teacher guide offer your students an opportunity to explore the nature of water power. This FERC section is intended to explain to students of all ages how the FERC regulates energy for the United States. Other sections include links to Kids in the Creek, Water Science for Schools, the Eisenhower National Clearing House, Energy Quest, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network, Northwest Newspaper Hydropower articles, and a glossary.
Subject: Biology, Geoscience:Hydrology Grade Level: Informal, General Public, Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5) Climate Literacy Principles: Complex Interactions:Water Cycle, Making Decisions:Informed Decision-Making, Human Activities and Change:Environmental Impacts, Making Decisions:Strategies for Reducing Human Impact, Sun Drives Earth System:Solar Heat, Energy, Radiation Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Biosphere, Human Dimensions/Resources
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