Boy’s Science Project Explains Nature’s Role In Providing Clean Water

Today is World Water Day, and all over Care2 we’re featuring important information and actions that can make a difference in conserving our dwindling fresh water sources.

One of the best ways to protect water quality is maintaining the health of the watershed in which it exists.

According to, “A watershed is a basin-like landform defined by highpoints and ridgelines that descend into lower elevations and stream valleys. A watershed carries water that is “shed” from the land after rain falls and snow melts, and channels it into creeks, rivers, lakes, and eventually, the sea.

On the Nature Conservancy blog, freshwater scientist Jeff Opperman writes:

“To address [the water] crisis, governments, multilateral development agencies and foundations will invest significant funds in engineered solutions — dams, reservoirs, pipes, pumps and more — to provide clean water. While these solutions are both urgent and important, efforts to address this crisis cannot ignore or imperil natural ecosystems in the process.

“What I’m getting at here is that natural systems provide immense direct benefits to people — and, during development of new water infrastructure like dams, wells and treatment plants, we need to carefully maintain the health of that connection.”

To illustrate this point, Jeff and his eight-year-old son Luca created a homemade science project that demonstrates the connection between healthy natural lands and a reliable supply of clean water for people.

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Image Credit: Flickr - bpende


Betsy M.
Betsy M6 years ago

I agree with Edward M.
>>the supply of clean water should be considered ... a municipal service, and not ... a private enterprise.

Cyn S.
Cynthia Scionti6 years ago

I learned from Luca how we can have clean water.

Elissa W.
Elissa W6 years ago

Simple enough for a 3rd grader, but is it simple enough for Congress?

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

and some people don't think kids are smart, and don't understand any thing.

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez6 years ago

thanks for sharing!

Liz Edwards
Joan Edwards6 years ago

Smart kid! He gets it. Why can't the government?

This is why the Boreal Forests of the North need to be protected from any oil barons coming in and saying that they will leave little trace of their scarring of the earth. Unfortunately a lot of oil is situated under the Boreal Forest and money speaks louder than trees. The forest creates a mass of beautiful watersheds habitated by many species of animals. But the forest is being depleted by oil grubbing money and our clean water is getting uglier by the minute.
I think I just answered my own question. Instant gratification (money) trumps sustainable life.
Thank God the kids today are smarter than their parents.

Lyn Redbird
Lyn henry6 years ago

If a child gets it why can't adults? Thanks for the post Beth.

Rudica R.
Rudica R6 years ago

The kids get it, but unfortunately they have no say and it's the kids that get the government ax. The politicians don't get it......but they make the laws.....What happens between a child's hopes and dreams and the time that child becomes ad adult....those hopes and dreams are forgotten. We adults turn our backs on them.

Ava Torre-Bueno
Ava Torre-Bueno6 years ago

Brilliant! It is so simple to make science education clear and even fun! I wish I'd had that project when i was in grade school.

Carol C.
Carol C6 years ago

Great job by a future leader!