The Lake Eyre Basin:
A unique river system worth maintaining
Teacher guide and lesson plans – Lower secondary
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012
How do we ensure that Australia's water use is sustainable?
In a dry arid country such as Australia, our water resources are already stressed, largely as a result of our extraction of water to suit our nation's needs.
The river systems in the Lake Eyre Basin experience highly variable and unpredictable flows. However, they are in good condition. How do we manage the competing needs for water resources in the Lake Eyre Basin to ensure their health and biodiversity is maintained for future generations?
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About the guide
This resource provides schools with curriculum lesson plans that focus on sustainable water use in a significant region of Australia.
The Lake Eyre Basin: A unique river system worth maintaining is one of four packages that provide teachers with lesson plans shaped around a series of investigations that enable students to examine the natural environment and contemporary issues relevant to that region.
These resources are based around the curriculum areas of science and geography and may be implemented by classroom teachers using an interdisciplinary approach or as a science or geography focus.
The other packages include:
- Northern Australia and the Wet Tropics: Water extremes and sustainability - Teacher guide and lesson plans; lower secondary
- The Great Artesian Basin: Water in the dry interior - Teacher guide and lesson plans; lower secondary
- The Murray-Darling Basin: Balancing the priorities of agriculture and the environment - Teacher guide and lesson plans; lower secondary