San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature ConnectionExhibits
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For centuries, the seasonal waters of the San Diego River supported native Kumeyaay communities. People continued to settle near the river and the region’s population swelled with new arrivals. Local rivers and aquifers supplied all of their water until the early 1940s.

San Diego River, Photo by Michael Field, SDNHM
San Diego River, Photo by Michael Field, SDNHM

And today?

In San Diego, we import 80–90% of our water from the Colorado River and northern California. An estimated 19% of California’s energy use relates to water collection, transportation, and treatment. Using water = using energy = CO2 emissions = climate change

Water: A California Story features photos, maps, video, and hands-on activities, natural history specimens, live animals, and more. Tips and resources for water conservation on a local and regional level are also shared.

Santa Rosa, Michael Field

The bilingual exhibition, located in the Museum’s Discovery Center, was developed and designed by the staff at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The advisory board who guided the creation of Water: A California Story includes Jason Foster, San Diego County Water Authority; Marsi A. Steirer, City of San Diego Water Department; Peter MacLaggan, Poseidon Resources Corporation; Eric Larsen, San Diego Farm Bureau; Helen McBrady, SMART Building Products; Wesley Schultz, Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Marcos; Marty Eberhardt, the Water Conservation Garden; Paula Silva, CH2M Hill; and Paul Engstrand, Esq.