Historically, waterways have provided an available path for exploration, transportation, and amenities for human settlement. One way to tell this story is through the Lewis and Clark story.
In August 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Pittsburg taking the Ohio River downstream. President Thomas Jefferson instructed them to find a passage to the west coast and explore the United States. Staying on major rivers, the Expedition traveled more than 3,700 river miles from the junction of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to the mouth of the Columbia River until reaching the Pacific Ocean.
The Federation of Fly Fishers has created a resource for use with middle school age students. A 24-page student booklet (Lewis and Clarke Reading) describes the true story of the greatest fishing story ever. This is the story of Lewis and Clark told through the fish they found and fishing for them. A companion booklet is provided for instructors, educators and teachers (Lewis and Clarke Teachers) to help guide use of the student booklet.
Today, waterways in the form of rivers, canals, dams, and channels serve many functions beside transportation including municipal and industrial water supply for communities, hydropower, flood control protection, irrigation to farmlands, and recreation for people to enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, whitewater rafting.