Environmental Science Websites
Water & Watersheds
- Water Resources -- from the County of Sant Cruz
- Coastal Watershed Council -- information on local watersheds
- California Coast & Ocean -- a journal published 1985-2009. Full-text of all issues available online.
- Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary -- from NOAA
- Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary: Water Quality Protection Program -- from NOAA
- Watersheds -- from the EPA
- Water: Monitering & Assessment - from the EPA
- Water Resources of the United States -- from the USGS
- Envirofacts Data Warehouse --search for EPA data by zipcode
Consider the source--Use recognized authorities. Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality--All Web sites are not created equal. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?
Be a cyberskeptic--Quackery abounds on the Web. Does the site make health claims that seem too good to be true? Does the information use deliberately obscure, "scientific" sounding language? Does it promise quick, dramatic, miraculous results? Is this the only site making these claims?
Look for the evidence--Rely on medical research, not opinion. Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency--Look for the latest information Is the information current?
Beware of bias--What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?
Consult with your health professional--Patient/provider partnerships lead to the best medical decisions.
Source: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2013