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About the Book

Members of the Willamette Water 2100 team developed a children's book about water and water resources. It addresses issues such as where water comes from, what we use water for, water scarcity, and climate change. The book also contains artwork and poems created by students who live in the Willamette River Basin, as well as suggestions for water-related classroom science activities. The text is available in both English and Spanish.  We compiled book content from publicly available information from the USGS on water and climate. A curriculum specialist, Angela Ruzicka, and three K-12 teachers provided feedback on the relevance and appropriateness of the text for middle and high school students.


Text by Maria Lewis Hunter, Sam Chan and Mary Santelmann

Illustrations and poems by students from South Eugene High School, Eugene, Ore.; Kennedy Alternative School, Cottage Grove, Ore.; Garfield Elementary School, Corvallis, Ore.; Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.; and professional artist Jennifer Mercedes

Translation for Spanish language version by Paula Jiménez-Arango and Ricardo González-Pinzon

Design and Layout by Crystal Barnes, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.

We thank Julia Harvey, Vickie Costello, and Valerie Boggs, the teachers of the K-12 classes that allowed us to work with their students to produce much of the art in this book. We thank our colleagues Thea Hayes and Angela Ruzicka for reviewing and commenting on the text and for their suggestions and edits to the book.