Sacramento River Watershed Resources:
Sacramento River Watershed Program www.sacriver.org
- Comprehensive site focused on Sacramento River watershed
Sacramento Bee Supplement 2008 http://www.sacriver.org/education/journey.php
- Educational supplement about Sacramento River watershed-designed for young students
Yolo County Resource Conservation District www.yolorcd.org
-Welcome to the Watershed Publication and other info on conservation issues
State of California Dept. of Conservation/ Division of Land Resource Protection Watershed Program-Watershed Portal www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp
Sacramento County Department of Water Resources http://www.msa2.saccounty.net/dwr/Pages/default.aspx
- Stormwater quality, drinking water
Sacramento Suburban Water District http://www.sswd.org/water/water_schedule.html
- Water Conservation tips
Solano County Water Agency http://www.scwa2.com/default.aspx
- Conservation: Habitat, Water, Invasive Species
Sacramento River Watershed Map file: http://sacriver.org/images/srw_map_poster.gif
California Water Myths http://watershed.ucdavis.edu/myths/index.html
- Interactive site describing each myth with pictures, video and further reading
California Water Myths – Full Report and Summary Report http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=890
- California faces enormous challenges in establishing a sustainable path for water resource management. This study highlights eight common water myths, focusing on water supply, ecosystems, and legal and governance issues.
Per Capita Urban Water Use in CA – Interactive Map http://www.ppic.org/main/mapdetail.asp?p=988
- This interactive map presents estimates of urban water use (in gallons per person per day) for the state's major hydrologic regions. Roll over each region for a summary of population and per capita water use for selected years since 1960.
Waterwise Pest Control Program – City of Sacramento Stormwater Quality Improvement Program
- Commonly used garden pesticides can often runoff into storm drains and local waterways, threatening their health and quality. The Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, and the UC Master Gardeners work together to provides residents with information on safe, effective and practical alternatives for pest control.
Pollution Solutions - City of Sacramento Stormwater Quality Improvement Program
Ideas for Auto care, Home care, Lawn care, Animal care, and Trash disposal EPA Environmental Kids Club http://www.epa.gov/kids/index.htm
- Wide range of resources
EPA Climate Change for Kids http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html
EPA Climate Change - What you can do http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/school.html
- Students, educators and school administrators can all play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Here is a directory of some education and action planning resources to help you:
- highlights the four stages: rain, water storage, vapor, clouds
Energy Ed Resources http://energyquest.ca.gov/teachers_resources/index.html
NASA Climate Change http://climate.nasa.gov/kids/index.cfm
Project Budburst http:/www.neoninc.org/budburst/index.php
- A national phenology and climate change field campaign for citizen scientists
USGS Water Science http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/index.html
Information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center.
Izaak Walton League of America: Defender of Soil, Air, Woods, Water, and Wildlife http://www.iwla.org
- Has cool publications like "How to Build a Raingarden" and much more!
How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.
Did you Know…
• Over 70% of the earth is covered in water, but only 3% of the earth’s water is fresh water and only 0.3% of this is useable to humans.
• The average person needs 30 to 50 litres of fresh water a day for drinking, cooking, washing and sanitation. However, the average North American uses more than 300 litres of water a day! Compare this to the average African, who makes do with just 10 litres a day.
• Riparian areas are important to the health of a watershed. Water in a stream that does not have riparian vegetation will flow fast, which causes soil erosion from stream banks. A healthy river with lots of plants will curve and bend across the land and there will be less erosion.
About…Water & Developing Countries
Source: Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). Access on October 9, 2009.
• 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water, roughly one-fifth of the world’s population.
• 2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, about two-fifths of the world’s population.
• Some 4,900 people die every day from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene – equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.
• The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 6 km.
• One flush of your toilet uses as much water as the average person in the developing world uses for a whole day’s washing, cleaning, cooking and drinking.
• Comparative costs: In Europe $11 billion is spent each year on ice cream; in USA and Europe, $17 billion is spent on pet food; in Europe $105 billion is spent annually on alcoholic drinks, ten times the amount required to ensure water, sanitation and hygiene for all.
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