I. Abiotic Factors

A. Water Cycle

B. Watershed Features

1. Stream Order
2. Stream Health Factors
3. Identify Boundaries

C. Water Conditions

1. Physical
2. Chemical
3. Biological

II. Biotic Factors

A. Energy Flow

B. Carrying Capacity

C. Identify Aquatic Species (Plants, Fish, Amphibians, Micro and Macro Invertebrates) 

1. Common 
a. Basic Physiology
b. Lifecycles
c. Habitat
2. Rare, Threatened, Endangered
3. Invasive
4. Water Quality indicators

III. Aquatic Environments

A. Wetlands
1. Definition
2. Characteristics
3. Functions/Importance/Values

B. Riparian Zones

C. Aquifers and Groundwater

D. Ponds and Lakes
1. Temperature Zones
2. Vegetation

IV. Water Protection and Conservation

A. Water Quality and Pollution
1. Groundwater
2. Surface Water

B. Types of Pollution

1. Point Source
2. Nonpoint Source
3. Thermal
4. Control methods

C. Management and Legislation
1. Laws
2. Agencies

Aquatic Outline
2014 New York State Envirothon 
May 21 & 22, 2014
Morrisville State College
Morrisville, NY 

New York State Envirothon
Aquatic Ecology Resources
Sample Questions

Learn about terms relating to the study of aquatics
Learning Objectives

Learning goals for participating students

Basic outline for aquatics topics covered at this event 

Links and references to more information on the study of aquatics