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Rochester Water Primer & Curriculum

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The Rochester Water Primer is a learning resource that compiles locally relevant information about the basic elements of Rochester's water resources. Covered topics include: natural water features, Rochester's water history, local geology, groundwater resources, storm water management, and wastewater treatment. Everyone form teachers to students to elected officials to residents can learn about benefit from this resource.

Rochester Water Primer (Complete Document)

Table of Contents 
Chapter 1 - Water Cycle 
Chapter 2 - Rochester's Water History 
Chapter 3 - Natural Waters and Geology 
Chapter 4 - Constructed Water Bodies 
Chapter 5 - Rochester's Water Supply 
Chapter 6 - Wastewater Treatment 
Chapter 7 - Stormwater Management 
Chapter 8 - Rochester's Water Resource Management Agencies 
Chapter 9 - Rochester's Water Service and Learning Activities


The City of Rochester developed a companion curriculum for the Rochester Water Primer as a resource for teachers to bring the lessons into area classrooms.  Below are the curriculum activities and associated materials.  Contact Stephanie Hatzenbihler, Environmental Education Specialist for assistance or as a special guest educator.

Rochester Water Primer Companion Lessons (Complete Document)

Lesson 1 - Rochester's Water Cycle

Lesson 2 - Rochester's Water History

Lesson 3 - Rochester's Watershed

Lesson 4 - Fishing in Rochester

Lesson 5 - Rochester's Geology

Lesson 6 - Rochester's Wastewater Treatment

Lesson 7 - Rochester's Stormwater Management