The Tuolumne River from California
supplies water and habitats for countless organisms, including you and me.
Think of all that usage for water! With all these people and organisms using
water, the Tuolumne River is facing a new challenge: It will start to become
polluted and unhealthy. What can we do
to save this caring river? Think about what you did throughout your day. Did
you possibly waste any water? Now think about if everyone wasted water. We
couldnít use the clean and fresh water we get from our tap! The Tuolumne River
is especially important to the plants and animals that depend on it for food
and shelter. Without the Tuolumne River, these organisms would have nowhere to
live and nothing to eat.
single droplet from your tap is a droplet that should be appreciated with great
care. We as humans have so many needs for water, that sometimes, we donít
realize that we can reuse the same water again. Around your community, try
using these effective ways to conserve water:
Turn off water in the tap, when you
are not using it.
Take shorter showers.
Check for any leaks in equipment using water.
make a difference, and it all starts with someone ready to help out. Be that
someone in your community, and help the Tuolumne River.
Inspire Others by Sharing What You Know
My knowledge might not go as far as
you can go with conserving water for the Tuolumne River. To give you a mental
picture of the scenery in the Tuolumne, here are some facts I know about the
river. The Tuolumne River is home to many animals, such as the Foothill Yellow
Legged frog, mountain lions, and Chinook Salmon. Day to day, you can watch
these creatures in their natural habitat. Green plants are found on the banks
of the river, which are food to many other creatures. If you listen closely,
you can hear the soft calls of the birds, the buzzing of little critters, and
the ripples of the water. From Mount Lyell in Yosemite National Park, the
Tuolumne River flows 162 miles long, until it intersects with the San Joaquin
River. Along the way, a lot of the fresh water in the Tuolumne River collects
in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
Thatís where a lot of our tap water
comes from. Usually, we only think about the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, but never
the source that provides the water for the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Thatís why
the Tuolumne River is so important. Ways we use this water is to:
Water our crops
Power objects that use electricity.
To make sure
we have enough water to fulfill these needs, and many more, we have to be the
ones that prevent the Tuolumne River from becoming unhealthy.
Expand your Knowledge, Visit Nature
way to learn about the Tuolumne River is to visit nature. After all, the
Tuolumne River is a part of nature. I
really enjoy nature, especially when my family and I go to Yosemite. We all
wake up early to explore the forest of giant redwoods that seemed to touch the
sky. Little frilly, green pine needles are stuck to the branches that stretch
out towards us. The earth below us is moist, rocky, and a bit dry, and the
morning air is a damp and fresh scent of pine needles. Some rivers and creeks
flow by with some sounds of the water crashing on nearby rocks. It is an
As I talked about before, we need the
Tuolumne River for various reasons. We, as humans only get about 1% of earthís
water due to the fact that the rest is frozen or is salt water. With the
population up high, water that is fresh is soon becoming harder to get. By
conserving water, we can achieve the goal of keeping the Tuolumne River
healthy, so that it can supply us with the water we need.
Water Tu-ol-u-mne and Tu-ol-u-you,
thanks to the Tuolumne River!!!