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!!!
Join us as we ďTeam up for the Tuolumne,Ē our 4th Annual Modesto Urban River Clean-Up on Saturday, September 29th from 9 am to noon. New this year-- free e-waste collection at Legion Parkóand a second river site in West Modesto.
180 Utah Avenue at Harbor Way, South San
Francisco, CA 94080
Creek needs your help!
Colma Creek is a trash ďhot spotĒ in
the Bay Area. Garbage from the streets gets washed into storm drains, which
flow directly to our creeks and bay. Help us prevent this trash from making its
way into the Ocean!
Gloves and garbage bags will be
provided, however we encourage you to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket) in order to
reduce the number of plastic bags we use. Long pants, sturdy shoes, water, and
sunscreen are recommended.
This event is sponsored by the Tuolumne River Trust, the San Mateo County
Department of Public Works, and the City of South San Francisco.
During science camp, I went on a hike called the solo hike.
The kids needed to go on a hike trail by themselves between 3 minute intervals.
During my hike, I concentrated on the repeating sound of bird and the
occasional squirrel skittering across my path.
That hike was one of my closest encounters with nature. IN
the middle of the hike, I took out my water bottle and took a sip of water from
the Tuolumne River. The Tuolumne River is the source of my water suplly as well
as my friendsí and neighborsí. Other than humans, many other animals need it
too. Some of these animals are: the Foothill Yellow Legged Frog, Mt. Lyell
Salamander, Chinook Salmon, and the River Otter. The Tuolumne River starts in
Mt. Lyell and flows through Yosemite National Park. It goes into the San
Joaquin River, which flows into the San Francisco Bay.
Water is a very essential resource. Not only us humans need
it, but plants and animals need it too. Without water, almost every living
thing on Earth would die off and become extinct. Our bodies are made up of 70%
of water! Over three fourths of the Earth is covered with water, but only one
percent of that is drinkable. Most of that one perfect is stuck in glaciers,
where we canít get it. That leaves only less than one percent of water on Earth
that is drinkable.
Despite all these limitations, there are myriads of ways to
conserve water. Taking short showers are one way. Using low flow toilets donít
use as much water that use up to five gallons per flush. Watering plants in the
early morning allows the water to not evaporate as quickly. Fixing leaks saves
thousands of gallons of water from washing away wastefully. Overall, water is a
very important resource and should be used correctly and carefully.
Water is a beautiful liquid, the base of all our life on.
Without water, humans would not survive. Nothing would. Water is the key source
to all life on Earth.
Everywhere you look, you see water. Our water comes from the
Tuolumne River, which starts in Yosemite Valley, and winds down through a
string of reservoirs such as the Hetch Hetchy and the San Pablo reservoir. This
is very pure and sweet water, delicious and cooling to the taste and nice and
clean to wash with. Tuolumne water is some of the best fresh water in the
Yet there is a bountiful supply of this magical liquid from
the Tuolumne, water is a very limited natural resource. Only 2.5% of the Earthís
water is not salty, and the majority of it lies in great underground aquifers, leaving
a mere 1.3% of Earthís fresh water easily accessible to humans (or 0.007% of
all of the Earthís water). And the plants and animals need water too. But many
water sources are being polluted! Watersheds are large, low-lying areas of land
that drain directly to a river or other water source. If the watersheds are
polluted, then so is the river! The majority of the world does not have clean
water to drink, and we are very lucky to get clean water from the Tuolumne.
Conserving water is important. We must protect this valuable
resource! But many obstacles stand in our way Ė thirst, plants, cleanliness,
cooking, and many other needs. A few easy water conservation tips include
turning off water when youíre not using it: wash dished in a basin instead of leaving
the sink on, and turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Water your garden
in the cooler hours, so the water doesnít evaporate. Some people even take buckets
to save this ever-useful liquid when theyíre waiting for water to heat up in
the shower. The recycled water, or gray water, can be used to water plants,
wash dishes, and help wash cars.
Whenever my family and I go on road trips, we enjoy stopping
by cool lakes and streams to swim in. Occasionally, we will find a sun-warmed
spot, but the water temperature is mostly frigid-cold. We have discovered
swimming holes, ponds, and special lake spots that make our trips unique and
memorable. These wonderful pockets liven up trips and create special memories.
Once, we even found a swimming hole in a river deep enough to dive into! It is
so pleasant to find a clean place to cool off in, especially when we have
encountered a long, boring, hot drive. Finding a watering hole is like seeing
the sun come out after a month of rain!!
Water is the most wonderful natural resource. Wherever you
go, water is with you. This ingenious resource is in nearly everything you see,
from trees to trashcans. Water is the key source to any and all life on Earth.
by Ruhani Kapoor Can you imagine having to manage daily life with just trickles of water? This could be a dreadful situation in the near future, if drastic action isnít taken soon to conserve water. The Tuolumne is one of the major rivers in United States that needs to be preserved through such water conservation efforts. This eighteen-mile-long river is the source of water for a large portion of California in addition to being a habitat for exquisite freshwater creatures. Therefore, not saving water would not only interfere with the life of large population of California residents but also threaten the survival of the riverís inhabitants and the surrounding viridescent forest areas. Conserving such a valuable resource would require less usage of energy at water treatment plants because there would be a smaller amount of water to clean. Saving water can also allow people to enjoy recreational activities such as kayaking and river rafting.
The time that we spent at science camp was the first time where we got to carefully reflect upon the importance of conserving water and I decided to make water conservation a priority. Here is how it all began. We had long days of hiking through serene forests, capturing snapshots of nocturnal as well as diurnal creatures. There were many opportunities to mingle with the miniature creatures in the action-packed tide pools, and creating masterpieces at the estuary.This was all a lot of fun but sure we got ourselves very dirty and needed a good shower at the end of the day.We were astonished,when we hustled into the showers to clean up. The only thing that came out of the tap was trickles of freezing cold water! We felt aggravated at first, but our wrath subsided when we realized that this was a way to conserve our water reserves while showering, which was the way to protect the nearby Pescadero Creek and its residents. And guess what, while it took us longer to bathe but the water was sufficient for a good shower.
But science camp is not the only place to show your love for the earth by conserving water. You can perform the task daily in the comfort of your own house. There are several apparent ways, such as keeping the faucet turned off when you brush your teeth. You should also check for leaks both indoors and outdoors. Some ways that are less conventional and would require more work would be putting a bucket of water under the shower while you wait for the water to heat up (which by the way, should only be four minutes long); washing clothes in a front-load washer which requires less water or washing them with a normal washer when there is a full load; and putting bricks in the tank of the toilet, or simply buying a low-flush one. Some methods benefit the environment the most, but are also the most challenging. They include washing your car on the grass because it waters plants at the same time or going to a car wash because it uses recycled water, the method is more efficient, and the entire process is timed. One of the most common ways, to manage water usage, though, is to frequently check a water meter.
Exploring reasons to conserve water and learning how to do it in daily life is a great encouragement to put in the best effort to save water and promote it in the society.
sound of rushing water crashing upon the surface of rocks sounds unfamiliar to
me. I live in San Francisco, ďthe City by the Bay,Ē as some people call it. But
guess what? I barely get to see that bay!!! Iíve been in nature a few times.
The closest to nature Iíve gotten to recently is my garden. I really want to
know what itís like to take in the feel of nature.
I heard the
Tuolumne River is a place where you can admire nature, touch the plants, and go
fly fishing. I think Iíve gone fishing once, but that was six years ago when my
uncle took me, but heís not around anymoreÖ
by the length of the Tuolumne River. 162 miles! Thatís over 855,000 feet long!
Has anyone ever walked along it and made it to the end of the river before? Iíd
be amazed if someone did!
important to conserve water. We should use rain barrels to save water and use
the collected water for our gardens. We can do this at home and at school too!
Water is a
very valuable resource. If we use a lot of water in a short period of time, the
water cycle canít work fast enough to give enough water back.
I want to
hike on the damp dirt and watch the water look like smoke as it evaporates. I
want to know what hikers do by the river on breaks. Sit down? Read? Relax in
the shade of a tree? I want to know! But most of all, I want to know how it
feels to hike 162 miles in a hikerís boots.
The Tuolumne River is located in Yosemite National Park and
is the most attractive place anyone could go to. It is a fun sight for everyone
because thereís such an amazing view, old looking trees, lots of hiking trails
and rafting too! People always come canoeing in the Tuolumne River. The Chinook
salmon comes there every fall to spawn. Around the Tuolumne River you can see
amazing looking animals and birds. For example, the Black Bear, the Mountain
Beaver, and the Spotted Owl. Those are only some animals that live by the
Although I live in a city, I love nature. I like to go
outside and look under rocks to search for bugs. I love going to different
parks, explore around, collect leaves, watch birds and look for small animals.
I also love water. I live near the bay in a city and love playing in the sand
and looking for shells and stones. I also love to watch sea gulls and pelicans
trying to catch fish in the water. I also watch sea lions at Pier 39.
One year, when I still lived in NJ, I spent a summer at a
Girl Scout camp and went on camping trips. The camp was in the woods, near
lake. We spend so much time outside. We learned to make fire, make smores, and
went through the woods searched for specific plants and insects, for birds and
learned about habitat of the woods. We also slept outside in tents and went
swimming in the lake. I saw some people fishing in that lake and I felt really
bad for the fish.
I also learned a lot about nature and importance of water
from my grandfather. My grandfather lived in a rural country, with farms, and
fields. He took river water to grow vegetables and crops. My grandfather barely
went to the store. He grew all the fruits and vegetables that he needed in his
own back yard and had small animals. He didnít buy bottled water, he drank from
a well. He said that the well water was very good and was very fresh and
healthy. He also told me about importance of water and said that without water
there would be no life, no people, no animals or plants. He told me that river
near him provides water for all the villages around and people able to grow
their gardens and have food because of the water from that river.
Rivers provide habitats and water for animals and plants.
Many plants and trees grow around the Tuolumne River. Animals such as beavers
and ducks make a home in the Tuolumne River. Birds and bears eat fish out of
the water. Water lets people, animals and plants stay alive! Ships deliver
goods through rivers to different places. Rivers provide water and make soil
fertile for farmers in drive regions that allow them to grow crops and
vegetables that we would later have food in our supermarkets. Water is also
used on electro station that we would have electricity.
Thatís why it is very important to conserve water. We need
water to stay alive. We need water to drink and grow vegetables. We need to
conserve water for watering plants to have oxygen to breathe. We need to
conserve water, so animals could drink and eat, for fish to have a home. We
need water for plants, people, and animals. We need water for ships to deliver
goods and for people to discover new things and explore countries. We need
water for factories and electro stations, for different small and large
businesses, hospitals and homes. We also need water to stay clean and prevent
Ways to conserve water in our homes and school are taking
short showers, turning off the water while you brush your teeth, and using your
towel for a couple of days instead of washing them every day. Doing less
laundry would mean using less water. When we drink bottled water, we should
finish all bottle before we start another one instead of throwing half a bottle
away. We can water our plants at night instead of when itís sunny that they
water would not evaporate right away.
We have a lot of water on earth, but we should still be
mindful of how much water we use in order to have water in the future. If we conserve
water, we would have more water every day for people, plants and animals. We
should always appreciate the water we have and preserve every drop of it because
in some countries they donít have much water.
Therefore, protect rivers and conserve in any way you can.
And be creative in how you do it. Remember, more water we have, longer the
planet and everything on it will stay alive.