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Where's My Water

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In Class Lessons

California Water Story - An introduction activity on the history of water politics in California

Protecting the Quality of Rockflower Reservoir - A case study of a fictitious reservoir and deals with the interest of a few versus the interest of many.

Who Can Use the Water - A case study about water rights in California

Below are external websites and are not maintained by Inside the Outdoors.

Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Lessons

The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 curriculum that teaches science and history/social science standards through an environmental lens.

General Resources​
California Water Science Center - USGS
Pacific Institute - A global water think tank that carries out research and outreach for various water issues.
Water Conservation at Home - Article that includes links to many additional sites
Water Education Foundation (based in Sacramento)
Water Education Foundation Resources Page
USGS Water Science School


Sign up for the Municipal Water District of Southern California newsletter here.  You will receive emails with information on their education programs and those of their partners.


California Drought Website
National Drought Website
Drought and Conservation Information

Native Plants

These organizations sell native plants in Orange County.  Their hours vary, we recommend contacting them before visiting their locations.

Tree of Life Nursery - located in San Juan Capistrano
Shipley Nature Center - located in Huntington Beach
Back to Natives - located in Santa Ana
Fullerton Arboretum - located at Cal State Fullerton
Las Pilitas Nursery - located in Central California but will ship


Water Footprint

Hidden Cost of Water Bottles
Water Footprint Network - Data and Resources for assessing water footprint
Water Footprint Calculator - Estimate your water use
National Geographic Water Footprint Calculator

California Water Fix - Reliable. Clean. Water.

California Water Fix
California Water Fix - Quick Facts PDF
Californians for Water Security
Why a California Water "Fix"? - PDF
Water Reliability Study - Summary PDF


Online Home Water Audit
Online School Audit - coming soon!

Videos - YouTube Channels

California Water Fix
California Department of Water Resources
Groundwater Replenishment System
Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC)
Orange County Sanitation District
Orange County Water District

Other Videos

Why Do Rivers Have Deltas?

For Teachers


MWDOC Resources
Metropolitan Water District Resources
Education and the Environment EEI - Free Downloadable Curriculum for K-12
Waves, Wetlands and Watersheds - Curriculum for Grades 3rd-8th
Our Wetlands, Our World -  Curriculum for High School
Project WET - Curriculum for Grades K-12
Clean and Conserve Education Program - Free curriculum from Project WET
Environmental Concern - WOW (Wonders of Wetlands) Curriculum and other resources
SWAP (School Wide Audit Program) - Many different audits for your students to use at home and in school
USGS Water Science School - Teacher Resources geared more for Elementary teachers

For Students

Interactive website from Metropolitan Water District:

K-5th Grades
6-8th Grades
High School Students
Solar Cup - High School program for Building Solar Boats

Government Agencies

California Department of Water
Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
USGS California Water Science Center

Find Your Local Water District

Most Orange County water districts are part of the Municipal Water District of Orange County.  You can use their interactive map to find your water district or refer to their list of member agencies.
If you are in Anaheim, Fullerton, or Santa Ana, your water districts are listed below.
Anaheim Public Utilities
City of Fullerton Water Service
City of Santa Ana

Additional Online Resources


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