In this section you will find study guides for the Aquatics station. The test questions will be multiple choices or fill in the blank. There will be 20 test questions and 5 bonus questions. Please click on each of the links below for the study materials.


Many aquatics test materials are available via PDF files. You will need Adobe Reader on your personal computer to open the files. If you do not have this program on your computer, it is available as a free download. The options for download will appear when you try to open the file again if you do not have it on your computer. Remember you can always go to the local library to get help downloading the test material and accessing the web sites.

Regional study guide

Abiotic Factors

– Basic concepts on watersheds

Biotic Factors

– Introduction to watershed ecology: watershed academy web

– WV Save our Streams’ Benthic Macro-invertebrates field guide

– Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Field Guide for Georgia’s Streams

– Aquatic Plants of South Florida (also applicable to Central Florida)

– Sustainability of Cypress products: Evaluating Cypress Sustainability-FIA Data “in the Hot Seat”  

–  Plant Management in Florida Waters:

Aquatic Environments

Types of Wetlands

– Wetlands Types (includes Marshes, Swamps, Bogs and Fens)

– Wetland Functions and Values

– Hydrology of Central Florida Lakes – A Primer (USGS) – includes a very few lakes in our area -St Leo in Pasco and Lake Rousseau in Citrus

Water protection and conservation

– What are Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)?

– Summary of the Federal Clean Water Act: (SDWA)

– The Quality of Our Nation’s Water


         – Biology and Control of Aquatic Plants:


Review and learn the following 20 plants from the UF IFAS Center of Aquatic and Invasive Plants website:

Alligator weed – Alternanthera philoxeroides

Arrowhead vine – Syngonium podophyllum

Baker’s cord grass – Sparina bakeri

Bald cypress – Taxodium distichum

Black needlerush – Juncus roemerianus

Burhead sedge (Cuban bulrush)- Cyperus blepharoleptos

Carolina willow, coastalplain willow – Salix caroliniana

Creeping ox-eye – Wedelia trilobata

Eurasian water-milfoil – Myriophyllum spicatum

Giant reed – Arundo donax

Hydrilla – Hydrilla verticillata

Loose water-milfoil – Myriophyllum laxum

Maidencane – Panicum hemitomon

Peruvian water primrose – Ludwigia peruviana

Pond cypress – Taxodium ascendens

Pickerelweed – Pontederia cordata

Royal fern – Osmunda regalis

Skunk Vine – Paederia foetida

Spatterdock – Nuphar luteum

Water lettuce – Pistia stratiotes

State Study Guide