Statistics show that by 2060, Texas’ current water supplies will not be enough to meet the demands of its growing population.
Water is a precious resource for the state and its’ future depends on decisions we make now.
Elementary school students can learn about the importance of water by following Major Rivers and his trusted companion Aquifer through the Major Rivers educational program. The curriculum teaches fourth and fifth-graders about Texas’ water resources. In the program, students will learn about rivers, streams, reservoirs, aquifers and more.
The program was developed in 1984 by the Lower Colorado River Authority as part of their water conservation efforts for the lower Colorado River basin. A state-wide program was then distributed through a partnership with the Texas Water Development Board.
The educational program formally launched in 1989. The multidisciplinary program meets Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and STAAR objectives.
The eight lesson program can be used as a part of a science, social studies, math or language arts curriculum. Students will learn about how water is treated and delivered to homes, businesses and schools and more.
The Brazos River Authority provides the Major Rivers program at no cost to schools within the Brazos River basin. Packages mailed to teachers include student workbooks, tests, home information guides and an introductory video, as well as a teacher’s guide and overhead transparencies.
Teachers in the Brazos River basin may request the Major Rivers program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Mayra Monroy at 254-761-3248.