Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier is a glacier about 13.6 miles long located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles  from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska.The glacier has also retreated 1.75 miles since 1958.

" I spent the summer pulling in fish on a boat outside of Juneau. 
I'd relax by this amazing nearby glacier."

This image was shared by Canyon M from Alaska.

Friday, April 29, 2016


The popular thermal springs or "balnearios" of Mexico range from undeveloped pools to fancy highend spa resorts. This particular one is located in Guerrero, Mexico.

"Water is important to human life. We need to take care of it.Once it's gone there's nothing to be done to bring it back."

 This image was submitted by Eulalia A. of Guerrero, Mexico.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


" In Zacatecas, Mexico, this is how water is collected- the well.The water isn't wasted because you have to work for it. It's a chore to get the water from the well."
This image was submitted by Maria M from Zacates, Mexico.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

San Diego Bay

 Coronado, also known since the 1980's as Coronado Island, is located across  San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego.Coronado lies on the geographic combination of an island and a tombolo connected to the mainland called the Silver Strand. Coronado is a tied island, connected by a tombolo. The Coronado Bay Bridge provides access to Coronado from the mainland of San Diego.

" The ocean is home to magnificent creatures. Water is home."

This image was submitted by Daniel O.  from California. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Irrigation Control

"This irrigation control valve is on campus ground at Reedley. Who has the key? Who is in control of the water?"

Monday, April 25, 2016

Looking for Migrating Gray Whales 

The gray whale is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. Most gray whales spend the summer months (June, July, and August) in the Bering Sea area between Alaska and Russia. A few even venture north into the Arctic Ocean. In the fall the majority of the population migrates south, along the west coast of Canada and the United States, ending up in the quiet lagoons of Baja California during the winter months (January, February, and March).  At full size the gray whale is about 35 to 50 feet in length and weighs 20-40 tons. It needs 65 tons of food annually to be healthy and migrate. The small zoo planktonic crustaceans that make up the majority of the gray whale's diet are called amphipods but the gray whale has been known to consume other crustaceans like shrimp, mysids, and krill.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ocean View

" I love the ocean. It makes me happy. This photo was taken through the bars on a window on Alcatraz. You can see the San Francisco Bay."

This image was submitted by Barbara F from Reedley College.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Putah Creek

"Putah Creek is a local creek in Winters, California. I walk along it several times a month. It brings back memories of my childhood. Good memories. When I was young my parents had beautiful orchards and the creek ran through it. I would spend a lot of time splashing about in the creek when it was full and running. It the hotter months, it dried up."

This was submitted by Lorie A

Friday, April 22, 2016

Carnelian Bay

" The boats are docked. A storm was approaching. We watched and waited. The next day we swam in the cold, cold water of the lake."

This image was submitted by Leslie B from Tahoe, CA.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


"Carmel Beach, January2015. I have been going to Carmel my entire life.Every year, i can remember my extended family rents houses in Carmel for a month in the winter. We have a clam bake on my birthday on the sand."

This image was submitted by Ashley L from Point Lobos in Carmel, CA.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sink or Swim

" I'm not sure if this is taking dirty water to a new level or a visual poem of what is happening in California: DROUGHT.  Aquifers are being drained. Lands are sinking because so much water is being sucked from the ground. If we don't do something actively, we will turn on our taps and they will be dry."

This was submitted by David M in Fresno, CA.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Cylindropuntia fulgida, the jumping cholla, also known as the hanging chain cholla, is a cholla cactus native to the Southwestern United States and Sonora. Cholla is a term applied to various shrubby cacti of this genus with cylindrical stems composed of segmented joints. These stems are actually modified branches that serve several functions -- water storage, photosynthesis and flower production.The structure of cacti enables them to survive in hot, dry climates. Most have thick, fleshy stems with a waxy skin surface. The stem acts as a reservoir to store water. The tough skin keeps the water from evaporating. In addition, surfaces of most cacti can expand and contract to accommodate changes in the amount of water.

Monday, April 18, 2016



 Alfred Lord Tennyson 1830
Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing alone,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne? II.
I would be a mermaid fair;
I would sing to myself the whole of the day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I comb’d I would sing and say,
“Who is it loves me? who loves not me?”
I would comb my hair till my ringlets would fall,
Low adown, low adown,
From under my starry sea-bud crown
Low adown and around,
And I should look like a fountain of gold
Springing alone
With a shrill inner sound,
Over the throne
In the midst of the hall;
Till that great sea-snake under the sea
From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps
Would slowly trail himself sevenfold
Round the hall where I sate, and look in at the gate
With his large calm eyes for the love of me.
And all the mermen under the sea
Would feel their immortality
Die in their hearts for the love of me.
But at night I would wander away, away,
I would fling on each side my low-flowing locks,
And lightly vault from the throne and play
With the mermen in and out of the rocks;
We would run to and fro, and hide and seek,
On the broad sea-wolds in the crimson shells,
Whose silvery spikes are nighest the sea.
But if any came near I would call, and shriek,
And adown the steep like a wave I would leap
From the diamond-ledges that jut from the dells;
For I would not be kiss’d by all who would list,
Of the bold merry mermen under the sea;
They would sue me, and woo me, and flatter me,
In the purple twilights under the sea;
But the king of them all would carry me,
Woo me, and win me, and marry me,
In the branching jaspers under the sea;
Then all the dry pied things that be
In the hueless mosses under the sea
Would curl round my silver feet silently,
All looking up for the love of me.
And if I should carol aloud, from aloft
All things that are forked, and horned, and soft
Would lean out from the hollow sphere of the sea,
All looking down for the love of me.

My Your Our Water


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Muddy Conditions

"The last vestiges of El Nino have watered the thirsty lettuce crops in Salinas and left the roads in muddy conditions. I'm ready to hit the salad bar!"

This image was submitted by Frank B from Salinas

Saturday, April 16, 2016


The Salinas River, which geologically formed the fluvial valley flows to the northwest or 'up' along the principal axis and length of the valley. Each year more than 80 percent of the salad greens consumed in the United States are grown in the Salinas Valley, which lies a few miles inland from Monterey Bay. According to the water footprint  organization, "the global average water footprint of lettuce is 63.4 gallons. However, the water footprint is different from place to place. For example in China and the USA, the two largest producing countries, lettuce has a water footprint of 76.5 gallons and  29.06, respectively."  

This image was submitted from Salinas, CA. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

From Sierras to the Orchards

"Beautiful clean water flows down the foothills of the Eastern Sierra and is pumped into the orchards to grow foods such as peaches, apricots, and almonds in the central valley town of Reedley, California."

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Boat Bottom

"This photo was taken on from the bottom of a glass boat. I was on a sub boat tour watching the fishes and marine life in Morrow Bay."

This was submitted by Agustin U from Southern California.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


 " This is water in it's recreational form. Southern California is a beautiful area where people love to surf, swim and fish."

This was submitted by Agustin U from Southern California.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Agriculture Farm

 "We use water every day. We use water for bathing,washing, toilets,drinking, growing food. Sometimes, we are not aware of how important our water is to us.We should start conserving it. Without water we wouldn't have life."
This was submitted by Liliana V from the agriculture farm at Reedley College

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Big Sur

Big Sur is a lightly populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean.  Some sources limit the eastern border to the coastal flanks of these mountains, only 3 to 12 miles inland.  

" These two photos were taken at Big Sur on spring Break. Besides air, water is the most important resource for humans in order to survive."

Friday, April 8, 2016

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California.A portion of Morro Bay is also designated as a state and national bird sanctuary. It is also a state and national estuary. In 2007, the California Fish and Game Commission designated Morro Bay as a Marine Protected Area named the Morro Bay State Marine Reserve.

"One of my favorite places to exist in the universe... Morro Rock 
A peaceful surrounding of sailboats on shining liquid."

This was submitted by Hannah B from Morro Bay, California.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

 Clear Lake

Clear Lake is located in the Wenatchee National Forest in the state of Washington.

"It's me fishing. I like fishing. Water has fish. Therefore, I like water. 
There is no television or internet where I live so fishing is what I do to relax after along day of being a forest ranger. "

This was submitted by Raoul S from Wenatchee National forest 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Choinumni Park

Choinumni Park, named after the Choinumni Native American tribe, is located on the Kings River near Trimmer Springs in the western Sierra Nevada mountains. 

"This past weekend I went camping at Choinumni park. We had a ton of fun riding horses along the the beautiful River. Now it's back to reality stressing t work and school."

This was submitted by Andres L from Piedra, CA

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Water Smart Gardens

" Living by the ocean and by the redwoods I've become so respectful of both water and plant life. We have this huge drought in California so I try to make my yard water smart. I have a far number of succulents that use less water and hold onto what water they get in their fat leaves."

This was submitted by Carly B from Santa Cruz, CA.

My Your Our Water

Monday, April 4, 2016

Seward Highway

The Seward Highway extends 125 miles  from Seward to Anchorage, Alaska. It was completed in 1951 and runs through the scenic Kenai Peninsula, Chugach National Forest, Turnagain Arm, and Kenai Mountains.Turnagain Arm is a waterway into the northwestern part of the Gulf of Alaska. It is one of two narrow branches at the north end of Cook Inlet, the other being Knik Arm. Turnagain is subject to climate extremes and large tide ranges which can reach 40 feet and come in so quickly that they produce a wave known as a bore tide.

These images were submitted by Nandak23 from Alaska. 


Sunday, April 3, 2016

St. Francis Beach

"Some day's it's harder to walk on the beach or even get down to the beach. High tides in the winter cause a fair amount of erosion all the way up to the cliffs."

This was submitted by Allison R from St. Francis Beach, CA

Saturday, April 2, 2016


"News about the drought delivered to my door." 

This was submitted by Robert S from Watsonville, CA.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Michigan Water

  "The Department of Environmental Quality in Michigan is responsible for protecting Michigan's Inland Lakes and Streams of which Michigan has over 36,000 miles of streams, and more than 11,000 lakes and ponds. These water resources and the benefits they provide are protected by several state laws from impairment due to pollution, physical alterations and nuisance aquatic species. The State's water resources are monitored by the Department of Environmental Quality and partnering organizations to determine the water quality, the quantity and quality of aquatic habitat, the health of aquatic communities, and compliance with state laws."

This image is of the Grand River in Michigan