Join Us
The Clean Watersheds Project is an interdisciplinary watershed monitoring project that uses Google Earth Pro to store water data about our changing environment. Participating schools can received licensed copies of Google Earth Pro in order to participate. If you are interested in helping us collect data for this project, or have a great idea on how to improve it, please contact the project coordinator, Mr. Thomas Cooper at

This project is currently under construction and will begin in the Fall of 2008.

Project Goals
  • Action research into the water quality of a local water supply
  • Basic techniques of environmental data collection on local watershed
  • Use of GPS technology to record geographical data points
  • Use of spreadsheet technology to store and analyze watershed related data
  • Use of online GIS database technology and wikis to share information between researchers
  • Discussion between involved entities to as to the relevance of the data collected toward possible contamination sites.
  • Global awareness that these issues are common to all parts of the world.
  • Promote social networking between environmental teachers, students, businesses, and area experts
  • Engagement between involved parties toward implementing solutions to improving water quality.

Clean Watersheds Layer in Google Earth
This link will allow you to access our watershed data. You many view our data in Google Earth. In order to add data to our layer, you will need Google Earth Pro. To add data, download this layer, add your data and repost the file to the data page of this project with a separate file name (ex. Clean Watersheds Walker School Data). The project coordinator will be responsible for combining layers.

Clean Watersheds Composite Layer (coming)

Watersheds Under Study

We encourage you to add a new watershed to the project and increase our monitoring network. You may also create a new page to post information about your watershed and to share your information. To create a new page, click on "new page" in the upper left corner of this page, type in the name of the watershed as the name (e.g. savannah river watershed) and click create. Then, link the page to the list of watersheds below.

  • Chattahoochee Watershed
  • Tennessee River Watershed
  • Savannah River Watershed
  • Oconee River Watershed

Participating Schools
Click on schools to find out who is participation in your area or to add your information.

Water Monitoring
In order to maintain reliability between test sites, we encourage all participating schools to use one of the LaMott Water Test Kits. These kits can be ordered directly from LaMotte, or a supply company, such as Carolina Biological Supply.

Project Documents
This series of documents were used to teach new environmental science teachers in Athens, GA on the use of GPS unites, water monitoring test kits, and the use of Google Earth Pro to post and share water data. Feel free to print out these documents and work through the exercises, or you can watch one of our screencasts on Google Earth Pro.
Brainstorm the Issue
Google Earth Pro Basics
Using Global Positioning Systems
Determining Collections Sites
Sample Water Data Sheet
Creating Placemarks in Google Earth Pro

Google Earth Tutorials
1. Downloading and Installing Google Earth Pro -
2. Using Navigation Tools in Google Earth Pro -
3. Using Layers in Google Earth Pro -
4. Adding Layers from Google Earth's Internet Community -
5. Adding Text to a Placemark -
6. Organizing and Saving Placemarks to Your Computer -
7. Changing Placemark Icons in Google Earth Pro -
8. Adding a Custom Icon to the Google Earth Pro Icon Panel -