About The WoW Confluence Project

 

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The University of Idaho’s Waters Of the West (WoW)  Confluence Project brings field-based watershed science to science classrooms in Northern Idaho. Our goal is to get students outdoors to learn and understand their watersheds’ water resources stories. We partner with local organizations and government agencies to bring expertise and examples of local solutions to community water resource challenges. In the spring, students from all over Northern Idaho will meet at the University of Idaho for a two-day Youth Water Summit, where they will share their watershed investigations and propose solutions to local challenges.

Click here for information or to get involved in this project.

To see what the students are up to, select a school from the “Confluence Schools” Menu at the top of the page. Check out photos, student reflections, analysis of field collected data.

Our community partners include The Lands Council, IDAH2O, Twin Lakes Improvement AssociationKootenai Environmental AllianceIdaho Fish and Game, and Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee.

Meet our people!

Read more about The Confluence Project!

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5 thoughts on “About The WoW Confluence Project

  1. kristen lowe

    most valuable thing i learned…?

    was how one small creek could contribute significantly to the overall well being our local waters

    how does water quality impact me and my community…?

    if our waters are in poor condition its likely anyone who is in them is too.In other words, lakes that are extremely polluted can cause people and other creatures in and near the lake to become sick too.Besides pullutiin, other factors like excess sediment and light can cause a hard time for the organisms in the waters.

    how was this trip different than other typical science labs…?

    it was just nice to be outside for a change.that gave be a hands on experience.its hard to understand what i am supposed to be learning when i can not physically see it.

    favorite part…?

    i loved fishing and getting to look for tghe bugs,we found a worm that danced:)It was great to get out of school

    how does the field trip help shape my understanding of water resources..?

    it just shows me how important out waters actually are and how easily little things like ranching can have such a major impact on them

    has the field trip influenced my viewpoint on water resources…?

    i always thought water resources were important just because it was engraved into my head by teachers that would go on and on about pollution,recycling,habitat restoration,and yada yada.. but now i had the chance to actually see why.Not only are our local waters in danger, but so are other resources all over and it is up to us to do something.

  2. Young Living Lavender Farm: It was an amazing opportunity to see a new place in our community. I didnt even know that that place existed! It was really cool to see how the lavender farm used the local water to make their products and how they recycled the water.

  3. We went to the Young Living Lavender Farm on November 5, 2014 with our honors biology classmates from SMHS. On the trip we learned how essential oils were made. They make oils such as Lavender, Melissa, and Tansy. The oils are used for better health and wellness. Water is used during the disstilation process and to irrigate the plants. The oils were very interesting and I loved the field trip!

  4. Saint Maries High School
    Young Living Lavender Farm

    We went to the Young Living Lavender Farm on November 5, 2014. I had a lot of fun in this trip. We learned about the different plants that they extract the essential oils from. It was interesting to find out that Lavender isn’t the crop that they produce the most of. They produce more Melissa. It was amazing to see all the fields and imagine that they were all planted by hand! I can’t even image how hard that would be. This field trip was a great experience and it has got me very interested in essential oils.

  5. Our field experience for Saint Maries Honors biology was about The Young Living farm. We learned that more stress makes more oils. The chemicals of weeds killer can get into water streams ,so there goal is clean planting technics. The stress is from cutting, cooking ,and steaming the plants.

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