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Water Quality Training Curriculum

Winner of two 2007 Educational Materials Awards from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP): Gold Award for Computerized Graphic Presentation/Slide Set and Silver Award for Mixed Materials.

Training Environmental Stewards From Mountains to Ocean

What is the purpose of this curriculum?

The purpose is to provide a coordinated approach for training volunteers about preserving water quality and quantity across a diversity of land uses, particularly those that you would experience when traveling from the ridge of the Cascade Mountains to the shores of Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean.

What is the goal?

Our goal is to train volunteers as “natural resource stewards”. This document is a water quality volunteer training curriculum designed to teach sustainable land-use practices that reduce human impacts in the Pacific Northwest. It may be used as a stand-alone course, or modules may be integrated into existing volunteer training programs such as Master Gardener, Extension Watershed Steward, Beach Watcher, or Extension Livestock Advisor programs. Extension Faculty members have developed this curriculum in cooperation with regional experts, and with funding from USDA-CSREES. It has been piloted in several WSU Extension programs and is available for use throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Prefer a CD or print copy?

The .pdf files available for download here provide the full content of the curriculum. However, the curriculum contains presentations that are best viewed using PowerPoint instead of Adobe Acrobat. Compact discs are available with both the .pdf files and the original file formats (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) included for ease of use. Please contact Brad Gaolach by email to request a disc or print copy of the curriculum.


The curriculum is available for use at no charge, though we do ask that you include the following citation when using it wholly or in part:

Gaolach, B., T. Zimmerman, A. Grotta, and P. Racette. (2006). Training Environmental Stewards from Mountains to Ocean: A Water Quality Curriculum. CSREES/USDA No. 2002-51130-01940. Washington State University King County Extension, Renton, WA.


Download curriculum modules below:

Introduction (pdf)

Module I (pdf)
Watersheds, the Water Cycle, and You

Module II (pdf)
Forests and Water Resources

Module III (pdf)
Protecting Water One Neighborhood at a Time

Module IV (pdf)
Agriculture and the Health of Your Watershed

Module V (pdf)
Caring for Livestock with Water Quality in Mind

Module VI (pdf)
Recreation and Water Quality

Appendix (pdf)
Water Law Resource List

Binder Cover and Spine(pdf)

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This material is based upon work supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2002-51130-01940. Any opinions, finds, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.