The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance has teamed with the Lake of the Ozarks chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists in preparing a free PowerPoint presentation on groundwater flow for educators and others to use as a tool to teach students and the public about groundwater. Several Missouri state science standards are addressed and there are links to definitions and related topics on most slides. The show can be used as a stand-alone or with an interactive groundwater flow model that may be borrowed from LOWA.
To borrow the model, please contact LOWA at:
Phone: (573) 434-4400
While oil and natural gas may make the economic world go around, water is by far our most precious natural resource. Missourians draw 330,000,000 gallons of groundwater a day for public and private water systems, and another 1,380,000,000 gallons for irrigation. But groundwater is valuable only as long as we keep it free from pollutants which have the potential of making it unsafe to use.
We in the Lake of the Ozarks area are doubly blessed with an abundance of groundwater and in the existence of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Since contamination of one can result in contamination of the other we must do all in our power to preserve the quality of both.
While there are many excellent sources of information concerning groundwater, the EPA remains the most extensive resource. Source Water Protection A to Z Topics is one such source we recommend.
Citizen's Guide to Ground Water Protection (PDF) is one tool found at that site. Another useful source found there is Source water protection training which will provide those interested in delving much more deeply into the subject an outline of training resources available through the EPA..