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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Greenstate Podcast


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Civics

Resource Type

  • Podcasts, 28 minutes, 53 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon

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  • This podcast discusses Oregon's Water Quality Program, how the Clean Water Act is applied in Oregon, and how impaired waters can be improved.
  • Students will learn that Oregon's Water Quality Program monitors and protects waters within the state, the Clean Water Act requires Oregon to report on the state's water quality every two years, and some impaired waters can be improved by reducing combined sewage overflows.
Teaching Tips


  • This podcast interviews state officials with expertise in water quality standards and analysis.
  • This podcast shows how civics and hydrologic science can intersect.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know what impaired water is and why it's harmful.
  • Students should know what the Clean Water Act is and when it was enacted.


  • This podcast could help students construct an explanation on how the availability of clean water influences human activity.
  • This podcast allows students to evaluate the Oregon government's effectiveness at addressing water quality issues within the state.
  • This podcast could supplement a lesson about what aspects of human activity are causing waters to become polluted.
  • For a language arts course, this podcast allows students to evaluate the point of view and reasoning of someone who is talking about water quality regulation.
Scientist Notes
This podcast resource from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality focuses on water quality across the state. The state water quality integrated report is discussed at length, along with Clean Water Act compliance. Two case studies of projects that markedly improved water quality and resilience in the Columbia Slough and the Walla Walla sub-basin are explored before the discussion finally turns to future water quality efforts in Oregon. All speakers are deeply involved in water quality issues and their discussion is enlightening. The greatest value provided with this resource for students is the links to the 2022 Integrated Report, which features in-depth information and an interactive map where students can explore the water quality in their area. The report offers a lot of opportunity for additional research. This resource is engaging, informative, and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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