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Major Rivers goes back to school

The future of Texas is water! What better way to ensure the future for our children and grandchildren than to educate them on the importance of water?

The Major Rivers water education program is targeted toward elementary students and may be presented in conjunction with fourth or fifth grade science or social studies courses.

The program helps students learn about Texas' water resources, how water is treated and travels to their faucets then back into the water system, and how to use this precious resource wisely.

Students are led through a water journey across the state by a seasoned Texas traveler, Major Rivers, and his horse Aquifer. Together, the two help teachers discuss topics in science, social studies, math and language arts.

The Brazos River Authority has sponsored and supplied the Major Rivers program packages free-of-charge to schools within the Brazos basin since the early 1990s. The Major Rivers program was developed by the Lower Colorado River Authority in the late 1980s with input from educators and other state water organizations. A second edition was released in 2003 and is correlated with the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) standards.

The teaching package includes student workbooks, pre and post-tests, home information guides and an introductory DVD. A teacher's guide with helpful suggestions and instructions on presenting the material, including overhead transparencies, is included.

For additional information on the Major Rivers program or for free Major Rivers curriculum kits, please contact the Brazos River Authority Public Information Office at (254) 761-3111 or e-mail us.