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SFPUC 2014-15 Education Program Flyer
We provide FREE materials, classroom presentations and field trips that focus on protecting and preserving our water resources to San Francisco students. Sign up for one of our educational opportunities–your students and the environment will be thankful you did!

American Water Works Association: Water Conservation Education Programs

Bert & Phil's Water Busters
Help Bert and Phil find and fix water leaks around the house before high water bills wash them out:

California Water Resources
USGS Water Resources of California: real-time stream flow data/current & archived water data/ CA on-line reports of current projects/ current issues/highlights/upcoming events.  For water education links go to:

Ecoschool Design
EcoSchool Design Ecological schoolyards are outdoor learning environments that teach ecological principles through the design of the schoolyard landscape. They can substantially improve the appearance of school grounds while creating hands-on resources that allow teachers to lead exciting "fieldtrips" without ever leaving school property. EcoSchool Design seeks to assist schools, and those who care about them, in transforming paved schoolyards into vibrant ecosystems for outdoor learning.

Estuary Live
The featured event for National Estuaries Day since 2001 has been Estuary Live, an interactive field trip of estuaries over the Internet. Classrooms from across the country log on to explore estuaries from Maine to Alaska. The program has allowed multiple National Estuarine Research Reserves and National Estuary Programs to participate in the same educational event and it is a great way to teach your students about estuarine ecology, compare ecosystems from all three of our coasts, and discover the exciting and innovative technology used to deliver these field trips to your classrooms.

Go With the Flow
Be in the Know...Go With the Flow is a map that allows the water curious to walk step-by-step through the wastewater treatment process. The Clean Water Plant has been divided into 15 components represented by icons. When clicked on, each component's icon comes up with a one paragraph, non-technical narrative description. Viewers can follow the path step-by-step, or jump around to locate a particular area of interest. (English & Spanish) Water Environment Federation:

H2O House Tour
Take the tour to investigate your water saving opportunities in each area of your home. Click on each location to show you both the facts and specific advice. H2O House Water Saver Home:
The on-line rainwater harvesting community is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable water management practices for individuals, families, communities, and businesses. We work collaboratively with vendors, universities, research organizations, and most importantly, individuals across the globe to devise solutions for managing real world problems in water conservation. HarvestH2O is an independently managed organization.

Hey Kids!
I'm Handy, and I'm here to help you learn how to protect the planet. Here you'll find information, fun games and activities, great environmental links, and more. Together, we can all lend a hand to Make Every Day Earth Day! Earth 911:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Information Exchange for Marine Educators
NOAA's Office of Education and the National Marine Protected Areas Center share information pertinent to the marine educator community.  It is intended to encourage exchange of information and programs.  We hope that it will also promote collaboration among the different educators addressing similar issues in their programs.  If you request materials or respond to a request for information, please mention that you learned about it in NOAA's Information Exchange.

Plant Right

Most of the plants used in gardens and landscaping do not invade or harm wildland areas. But a few vigorous species can - and do - escape from cultivation into open landscapes and cause a variety of ecological problems. They crowd out native plants, insects and animals, and can lead to increased flooding, fire and crop losses. A few simple steps can prevent invasions before they start. We can be an environmentally responsible community - one that supports horticultural businesses and beautiful gardens!

Rain Water Solutions, Inc.
This Raleigh, North Carolina company provides rainwater harvesting systems for residential and commercial applications. Rainwater harvesting (or collection) can simply be described as channeling rainwater via gutters and through piping into a storage tank for later use. The system can be as simple as using a rain barrel. Or, it could be as complex as a total rainwater system to supply all of your water needs.

Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT)
The Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) has just opened a new facility in McClellan Business Park in Sacramento. RAFT believes hands-on learning is the best way to teach children and provides teachers and community groups with creative tools and materials to promote hands-on learning in science, math, technology and art. For more information about RAFT Sacramento please contact Mark Anderson at 916.408.3993 - OR -

The Water Calculator  
It is a tool that estimates the right amount of water to give your landscape or garden every week for zip codes for urban Southern California. It has been designed to give you a schedule for the maximum amount of water which your plants may need each week of the year.

U.S. Department of the Interior/ Bureau of Reclamation - Water Learn
Welcome to Water Learn, where students learn about water conservation through animated, interactive episodes. Discover how water impacts issues relating to nature, urban and agriculture. Custom-created teacher lesson plans for elementary, junior high, and high school integrate web site content with classroom activities.
In 1986, faced with severe drought conditions throughout the State of California, a group of local water agencies pooled resources in an effort to promote water conservation. The mission of the Water Education - Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC) is to promote the efficient use of water and to increase public awareness of the importance of water in Southern California. By instilling the value and importance of water efficiency today, WEWAC is not only investing in the present, but in the future as well.

U.S. EPA Water Sense Kids - Thirsty for Knowledge? Let's Learn About Water
Do you know how much water a family of four uses every day in the United States? Not 50 gallons, not 100 gallons, but 400 gallons! You could take up to 10 baths with that much water—but who would want to do that? Fortunately, there are many things we can do to save:

USGS Water Cycle Diagram (In 60 languages)
Earth's water is always in movement, and the water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Since the water cycle is truly a "cycle," there is no beginning or end. Water can change states among liquid, vapor, and ice at various places in the water cycle, with these processes happening in the blink of an eye and over millions of years. USGS Water Cycle diagram in 60 languages.

Water - Use it Wisely
Multiple environmental education and student activity links about water.

Water Conservation

More efficient water use begins with individuals, in the home and place of work. Heating and pumping water requires chemicals and energy. When we waste less water, we conserve fuel, and reduce the pollution generated by burning fuel and treating water with chemicals. Taking these and other steps, and encouraging others to do so, makes good economic, as well as environmental sense. Water saving tips:

Welcome to Tox Town
An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places:

Last updated: 8/12/2015 2:54:01 PM