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Water: A California Story

  • From July 19th, 2008 To July 19th, 2015

  • Remind Me

All life depends on it, including ours...

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.

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 = CO 2 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.

  • Developed by Museum staff, explore the water issues facing southern California in Water: A California Story .
  • Learn about current, local issues on land (adaptations to water scarcity) and in the ocean (urban run-off, ocean pollution, and over fishing)
  • Examine the infrastructure of the regional water system, explore sources crucial to San Diego’s water infrastructure
  • Look at the effects of a changing climate on our region’s water supply and discover how to help protect water for future generations
  • Submit your southern California water-related photos to the Museum's Flickr photo gallery . You might even see your photos on display in the Museum! (Photographers will be notified if their images are selected for display.) 
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This is a Flickr badge showing public items from the Water: A California Story group pool .

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. We thank th emembers of our Flickr pool for use of their photos. View the Water: A California Story group pool .