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Zone 7's Schools Program

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From water conservation to storm-drain pollution, and from recreation to the important connection between the local watershed and drinking water, there are many valuable lessons awaiting local students -- right in their own homes and backyards.

Zone 7, in cooperation with other local water and wastewater agencies, offers several water-science programs designed to help local teachers meet the California science standards and bring environmental science to life. These programs expand students' groundwater_model.jpgknowledge of water issues in California and include a special focus on the Livermore-Amador Valley to help students here better understand the role of water in their own community.

For a description of class offerings, click here.

For additional information, or to request programs or resources, contact the Schools Program Coordinator at There is no cost to you or to your school to take advantage of these programs and resources.

The Groundwater Model is used in many schools programs


Curious about what our classroom instruction is like? 

Get an insider's peek into Zone 7's Schools Program of courtesy Fairland's Elementary School 5th Grade Teacher Mrs. McCutcheon. Take a look at to see how local students experience "Life as a Water Molecule." A big thank you to Mrs. McCutcheon for putting together such a wonderful video about our program!

life as a water molecule

Color the Valley's Water Resources!


Materials for Teachers & Students: 


California Water Map

  • This 24 x 36 inch poster is a map of California’s surface water system.  The San Francisco Chronicle has called the map “the best water map in the state.” 

Alameda Creek Watershed Map

  • This 24 x 36 inch full-color poster is a map of the entire Alameda Creek Watershed.  The map emphasizes the northern two-thirds of the watershed located within Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  One the back you will find information on our water supply, natural resources and wildlife, agriculture and flood control for the watershed.

Creek and Watershed Map of the Pleasanton & Dublin Area

  • This 24 x 36 inch two-sided detailed map shows the current waterways of the area in graphic relief detail.  Included are 26 points of interest with an explanation for each.  On the poster’s back is information about the Primeval watershed circa 1870, the Alameda Creek water Budget an historic photos of the region.  Published by the Oakland Museum of California.

Tri-Valley Water-System Map

  • This 24 x 35 inch full-color poster demonstrates how drinking water, storm water and wastewater are all integrated in our valley.  The poster also gives a detailed look at the pipes that carry water into and out of our homes and businesses, including storm drains.  Best of all, the map is an artist’s rendition of the valley!  Students can easily find landmarks they recognize as they discover the wonders of water in the Livermore-Amador Valley.  This is also available in a black and white handout version for students to mark up and take home.



story-drinking-waterThe Story of Drinking Water (grades 4-8): Students are guided through the water cycle, the properties of water, drinking water treatment, supply and distribution in this fun, animated booklet. Published by the American Water Works Association.

wtrshed-protectionWatershed Protection Booklet (grades 4-7): This colorful, interactive booklet features creative hands-on investigations, demonstrations, science experiments, games and stories designed to stimulate understanding of watersheds.  Published by Project WET.

conserve-waterConserve Water Students Booklet (grades 4-8): This full-color 16-page booklet contains games, puzzles and activities designed to teach students about water conservation. Published by Project WET.

slappy-quackersThe Clean Water Activity Book with Slappy & Quackers (grades 3-5): This 12-page booklet has cartoons, quizzes, connect-the-dots, secret codes and other learning tools.  Explains the difference between storm and waste water, why pet waste is a pollutant, the best way to wash a car, and why storm drains have "no dumping" signs.  Provided by the Clean Water Program.

discover-stormwaterDiscover Storm Water (grades 3-7): This colorful 16-page booklet features information, activities, investigations and experiments designed to raise awareness of stormwater issues and how to prevent pollution. Published by Project WET.

hlthy-water-peopleHealthy Water, Healthy People (grades 4-7): This 16-page full-color booklet is loaded with information, activities, experiments and other investigations to teach water-quality monitoring, watershed restoration and pollution prevention. Published by Project WET.

protect-wtr-wildlifeProtect Our Water and Wildlife (grades K-2): This activity/coloring book helps kids learn to keep our creeks, lakes and the Bay pollution-free. Covers water-cycle basics, explains the difference between storm drains and sewers, and how pollutants get in waterways. Includes certificate and poster pledge pull-outs, and a color-by-number page. Provided by the Clean Water Program.

lrng-wtrshedLearning About Our Watershed Activity Book (grades K-1): This simple-to-read booklet introduces kids to basic concepts about watersheds. Activities teach about water waste and preventing water pollution.

stmwtr-plltnWhat Is Stormwater Pollution?  How Does it Affect Us, Our Creeks & SF Bay? (5th grade to adult): Using simple language and graphics, this 4-page booklet explains how stormwater pollution occurs, and lists the most common pollutants and ways to avoid polluting.




This series of specialized magazines is published by National Geographic, with support from the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources. They are for readers high school age to adult.  Each issue features top-quality photos and insightful text.

Water For Tomorrow. California’s Water, Our Responsibility (Vol. 1 No. 1)

  • This issue covers Where Water Comes From, What’s Water Worth?, Why Conserve?,  and more.

Water for Tomorrow.  California’s Water, Our Responsibility (Vol. 1 No. 2)

  • This issue covers the Delta and the Path to Sustainability, Farm Woes and Farm Solutions, and a word with Paul Rodriquez, L.A. comedian.

Water for Tomorrow.  California’s Water, Our Responsibility (Vol. 2 No. 2)

  • This issue covers How to Balance th eNeeds of People, Industry and the Environment, Everywhere a Watershed, and a word from legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau’s granddaughter Alexandra Cousteau.


For additional information, or to request programs or resources, contact Liz Wilkins at