Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Water Play

  " I love the ocean and all the creatures that live in it. I'm totally torn about marine wildlife aquariums. I like that I get the chance to see amazing creatures up close but totally bummed that they are locked up."

This was submitted by Suzy M. from California.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Petaluma River

The Petaluma River is a river in the California counties of Sonoma and Marin that becomes a tidal slough near its mouth. The headwaters are in the area southwest of Cotati. The flow is generally southward through Petaluma's old town, where the waterway becomes navigable, and then flows another 10 mi  through tidal marshes before emptying into the northwest corner of San Pablo Bay.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Swan-ee River

"It's not Swanee River the swans call this waterway home. It's not always been the cleanest but the city has been working on it."

This was submitted by George C from Petaluma, CA. 


Sunday, August 28, 2016

 Water Street

"Petaluma is a small town in Sonoma County, California,Petaluma enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. The dry summer is characterized by typically warm days and cool nights. Summer mornings often start out foggy and chilly, but the fog usually clears by midday or so, giving way to clear skies and warmth for the remainder of the day. Petaluma is situated at the northernmost navigable end of the Petaluma River, a tidal estuary that snakes southward to San Pablo Bay. Pollution levels in the river, once considerable, have improved in recent years. A significant amount of the city is in the river's flood plain, which overflows its banks every few years, particularly in the Payran neighborhood."

Saturday, August 27, 2016


"When you're in the water taking waves, some days are good and some days are really good.This day was great.

This was submitted by Kayce S. from Watsonville, CA.

Friday, August 26, 2016


"Tulum  is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 39 ft tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting the society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned.One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists."

" This spot, the water from the pool flowing into the horizon of the ocean, was an amazing sight to see every morning at breakfast."

This was submitted by Diane D. from Illinois.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tomato Fest

"I'm not sure how much water it takes to grow tomatoes but I do know they are juicy and I like to eat them. It's the time of year that tomato festivals pop up all around in California."

This was submitted by Catherine A. from Carmel, California. 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sugar Loaf Dam

Sugar Loaf Dam is a dam in Lake County of mid-Colorado, four miles west of Leadville.
It has a height of 135 feet and is over 2000 feet long at its crest, impounding the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River near its headwaters. The earthen dam was one of five reservoir dams completed from 1965 to 1968 by the United States Bureau of Reclamation as part of the larger water diversion project named the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. The project was authorized in 1962 by President Kennedy and was completed in 1981.

This was submitted by Jack L from Colorado.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


"This small creek  runs by my house, the rusty color stuff is some sort of residue from years  of mining. I don't know what it is."

This was submitted by Darnell from Colorado.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Water Levels

Shasta Lake is a reservoir in Shasta County, California. It is within the Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area. It is also popularly known as "Lake Shasta".
It is impounded by Shasta Dam, the ninth tallest dam in the United States.Known as the keystone of the Central Valley Project, the outflow of Shasta Dam provides electricity and irrigation water. It also provides Sacramento River flood control below the dam for the Sacramento Valley.

"Even after some ok rains, the water level is still crazy low in the Lake."
This image was shared by Shawn T.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Many Thanks

My Your Our Water would like thank the many individuals of the Breckenridge that welcomed MYOW into their community. Thank you for sharing your water stories. Thank you for being aware. Thank you for engaging. Thank you for being water lovers.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Monsoon Rainbow

The monsoon rains bring needed relief to the parched desert and mark the sky with rainbows.

This was submitted by CJ from Phoenix.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Drought = Fire

California faces an active wildfire season in 2016 due to years of extreme drought and a dry hot summer. The current Blue Cut Fire, forced approximately 82,000 residents from their homes. Interstate 15 was temporarily closed. A map of California wild fires is available here.

This was submitted by Greg W on Interstate 15. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016


"I like the water. I like that I float and move in the water. The backstroke is hard and sometimes I go crooked but I stay in my lane and don't turn over so I don't get disqualified.I'm kinda a mermaid."

This was submitted by Sophia E from Virginia.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase. The term is sometimes incorrectly used for locally heavy but short-term rains,[4] although these rains meet the dictionary definition of monsoon.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. More information about Hoover Dam can be found here

"Summer vacation !"

This was submitted by Kathleen W. from Arizona.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Do Fish Drink Water?

"Freshwater fish do not actively drink water, but absorb the water through their skin and gills. On the other hand, saltwater fish do actively drink sea water. Their gills process the water and take out the salt."

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Summer Water

"We are still in a terrible drought and people still use water in silly ways."

This was submitted by Caleb from Fresno, CA.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


The Potomac River  is located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States and flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The river (main stem and North Branch) is approximately 405 miles long, with a drainage area of about 14,700 square miles.In terms of area, this makes the Potomac River the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the United States and the 21st largest in the United States. Over 5 million people live within the Potomac watershed.

This image was submitted by Grace E from Virginia.

Friday, August 12, 2016


The drought in California is in the 5th year of severe drought. Highway signs are used to remind Californians to be wise with water. Additional drought info can be found here.

This image was submitted from Mary in California.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


In 2014, the Gilroy City Council passed an emergency ordinance to comply with new state water conservation regulations. These regulations are still in effect.

This was submitted by Jamie S. from Gilroy, California.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Snow Cones

"Sno-Cones, snowballs, shaved ice,raspa, kakigori, or ais kacang, all variations of the same frozen water icy treat."

This image was submitted by Juan from Phoenix.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rest Stop Reminder

" It's kinda cool that there are reminders to conserve water, even at a truck stop in the California desert."

This was submitted by Norma R. from Los Angeles.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Fountains

"It might be a drought in California but the ornamental fountains are still dancing."

This was submitted by Luis M. from Fresno.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

 Sea Level

Height above mean sea level (AMSL) is the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of an object, relative to the average sea level datum.

This image was submitted by Marie M.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Seine

"The third-longest river in France, the Seine emerges from the earth in a remote spot called Source-Seine, in the Burgundy wine region of northeastern France. The river flows northwesterly – curving through Paris – to the Normandy coast, where it empties into the English Channel. The most important river in Northern France (and with modern canals linking it to the Loire, Rhône, and Rhine), the Seine has been the hub of Paris – and France – since the Middle Ages."

This image was submitted by Sharron D from Charlotte, NC.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Family History/ Town History

This is Micheal. He is a 25 year service veteran of the Armed services who was born and raised in Breckenridge. He grew up fishing in the Blue River and skiing on the slopes. His family history is intertwined with the town history. His grandparents are remembered as vital members of of the community that helped shape it over the years. Their family home on main street, a lovely little yellow house, is now Starbucks in town. Outside the family home is a plaque dedicated to Frank and Theta.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Throw Back Thursday

 So even the MYOW blog can participate in throw back Thursday. This image is from September of 2015.  Josh from West Michigan Environmental Action Coalition and the then Mayor of Grand Rapids, Mayor Heartwell were hanging out with the MYOW trike before the Grand River clean up.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hidden Summer Snowpack

" There are some places, some places high up in the Rockies, that even during peak of summer, snow still lingers."

This image was submitted by Daryl A.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Chagrin River 

The Chagrin River is located in Northeast Ohio. The river has two branches, the Aurora Branch and East Branch. The Chagrin River runs through suburban areas of Greater Cleveland in Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Portage counties, transects two Cleveland Metroparks reservations, and then meanders into nearby Lake County before emptying into Lake Erie.


Monday, August 1, 2016


"A gold dredge is a placer mining machine that extracts gold from sand, gravel, and dirt using water and mechanical methods leaving a wake of environmental destruction behind. The original gold dredges were large, multi-story machines built in the first half of the 1900s."

"I love Colorado. I love the weather, being at the headwaters, the landscape, even the areas scared by mining. It's all apart of it, the good and the bad. Colorado."

This was contributed by Ginny S from Colorado.