The better we understand the ecosystems and environments that protect our essential water resources, the more effectively we can take steps to protect them

Why Water Quality is important

Explore Water Quality stories to learn about the challenges facing communities across the country.

Wetlands of the United States

Found on every continent save Antarctica, wetlands come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes—and hydrological...

Groundwater and the Rising Seas

Did you know? More than 50% of the US population lives near coasts. Since 1880, global sea level has risen...

Droughts, Floods, and Water Vapor - Oh My!

Understanding the earth's water cycle can help us understand how a warming climate will intensify droughts and...

wetlands and grass
For 4th - 6th Graders
Take the Watershed Sleuth Challenge

Learn more about your local watershed—
what it is, why it’s important, and what you can do to help protect it.

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Water droplet inside a flow
Spotlight Story

Stirring up the Seven Seas

Heading to the beach this summer? By riding the global ocean conveyor belt, that seawater that you're splashing in may have traveled the planet—and the seven seas—before arriving at your vacation spot, helping to support the global food chain on its way. Learn more about this deep-sea current.


America's Estuaries

Estuaries are found around the world, offering productive habitat to thousands of species of birds, mammals...

Invasive Aquatic Species of the United States

Green crabs, zebra mussels, hydrilla, and Northern Snakehead—what do these organisms all have in common? Each...

Marshes, Estuaries, and Mangroves, Oh My!

The coastlines of North America are home to a diverse array of animal and plant life, each one as unique as...

Sea Level Rise

Did you know? Since 1880, global sea level has risen about eight inches. Scientists expect global sea level to...

Infographics on Water
Learn more about our water sources and what you can do to protect them
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Oysters infographic section
Ocean acidification infographic section

Managing Household Water and Waste

Discover ways to reduce your household water consumption and minimize your impact on the environment, while keeping our waters clean and healthy for generations to come.

Household Water Use

Each day in the United States, about 27.4 billion gallons of water are withdrawn and delivered from surface...

Trash Free Waters on Any Timeline

Whether you find yourself with five seconds, five minutes, or five hours to take part in the movement, here...

How Household Water Usage Affects Water Quality

During this unprecedented time of social distancing, spending more time at home has likely caused your...

Amplify your Impact with NEEF

Meaningful, lasting change is possible when we work together. NEEF leverages its National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) appropriation to raise public and private matching funds at a ratio of 3:1, creating value and amplifying the impact of our partners

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