Aquatics Ecology

Goals and Objectives

Identify the processes and phases for each part of the water cycle.
Describe the chemical and physical properties of water and explain their importance for freshwater and saltwater
Discuss methods of conserving water and reducing point and non-point source pollution.
Analyze the interaction of competing uses of water for water supply, hydropower, navigation, wildlife, recreation,
waste assimilation, irrigation, industry and others.
Identify common aquatic organisms, aquatic plants, fish, game and non-game species.
Delineate the watershed boundary for a small water body.
Explain the different types of aquifers and how they relate to water quantity and quality.
Describe the benefits of wetlands and riparian areas, both function and value.
Describe the changes to the aquatic ecosystem based on alteration to an aquatic habitat.
Know methods used to sample, assess and manage aquatic environments and utilize water quality information to
assess the general water quality of a given body of water (includes sampling techniques and water quality
parameters to monitor point and non-point source pollution).
Be familiar with major methods and laws used to protect water quality  (surface and ground water) and utilize this
information to make management decisions to improve the quality of water in a given situation.
Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary, Fish Identification Guide, and Aquatic Nuisance Species information on the
KDWPT website
Pictured is Pat Silovsky, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks &
Tourism - Milford Nature Center, as presenter for the Aquatics/Ecology

Study Materials

Two files to download or print:  Aquatic Plants and Fish List
Kansas School Naturalist; Stream Ecology - http://www.empori/