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Kids Learn to Prevent Water Pollution at Lake Tahoe

TitleKids Learn to Prevent Water Pollution at Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #9 - "Non-Point Source Pollution (Watershed Model)" (Air Date: April 1, 2003). Lauri Kemper from the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board discusses non-point source pollution and how environmental education is teaching elementary school students about how to prevent it from running off into Lake Tahoe.
SubjectEcology -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Water -- Pollution -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 9 Air Date: April 1 ((Anchor Intro)) The good news about Lake Tahoe is there are no factories along its shoreline pumping pollutants into the lake. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at the bad news: non-point source pollution. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) Non-point source pollution doesn't come from factories or sewage plants…it comes from thousands of small sources that all add up to one big problem. Those small sources include: dirt and sediment, fertilizer used in landscaping, oil spills from cars and runoff into storm drains. It's the cumulative effect of those small things that is polluting Lake Tahoe. Educators here use a watershed model to explain to kids how non-point source pollution works. ((SOT tape 2 @ :35 Lauri Kemper, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board)) "The model mimics our natural environment where if you disturb the soil when it rains the soil will be moved into our streams and eventually into Lake Tahoe." ((Track 2)) It's a simple way to illustrate how little things can do so much damage. The kids put fertilizer on the grass, oil from cars on the road and dirt in areas where the land has been disturbed. Then they spray it all with water bottles to show how rain or snow runoff moves those pollutants into streams and rivers…and eventually into the lake. The model teaches the kids a number of lessons about how to prevent pollution. ((SOT tape 1 @8:49)) "Don't put oils or chemicals down the storm darin or your drain because it runs down the drain and into the lake and pollutes it." ((SOT tape 1 @ 8:59)) "Put hay bales where you're disturbing the soil so it doesn't erode." ((Track 3)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) For more information about non-point source pollution or to find out how you can use that watershed model in your child's classroom, visit our website at and go to the links page. In next week's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly gives us a natural history lesson on Lake Tahoe and explains how Tahoe's unique geology poses difficult problems when it comes to cleaning up pollution.

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