Healthy Rivers: A Water Course

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"Healthy Rivers: A Water Course" is a dynamic CD-ROM program that explores the ecology and management of river systems. Produced by the Minnesota DNR Division of Ecological Resources, knowledge was synthesized from a team of interdisciplinary scientists, resource managers, and multimedia specialists to present this engaging, instructional guide about our relationship to rivers and streams. Featuring:

► 220 screens of information about rivers in an easy-to-navigate format
► More than 540 color photos
► Over 70 maps, graphic animations and illustrations
► More than 100 audio and video clips
► 100 links within the program and 100 links to external web sites

The user-friendly program organizes information around a logical, five-component framework (Flow, Shape, Connections, Quality, & Life) for understanding complicated principles of river and stream ecology. Case studies examine the history of river use and provide a basis for a future vision of water resource management. A section exploring the value of river system goods and services leads to inspiring examples of local leaders and practical, action-oriented ideas for next steps. A complete bibliography complements additional references and resources for further study.

"Healthy Rivers" is intended for secondary and post secondary educators; adult citizens working with conservation and watershed organizations on river management issues; land management agencies, local governments, environmental consultants, and policy makers working towards sustainable management of our river and stream resources.

Minnesota DNR Division of Ecological Resources
Topic Areas: 
Environmental Health
Natural Sciences
Target Audience: 
Grades 7-9
Grades 10-12
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
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To order your free copy, contact Amy Childers, MnDNR Division of Ecological Resources at 218.739.7576 x233 or The program will also be available online by winter 2008 with updated web links and materials.