My Water Comes From the Rocky Mountains
My Water Comes From the Rocky Mountains is part of the LTER Schoolyard Series and was written in collaboration with the Niwot Ridge LTER site. Written for 6-12 year olds, the book follows the journey of water as it falls as snow high in the Rocky Mountains and makes its way down elevation into creeks and reservoirs, eventually flowing into the ocean where some of it evaporates and returns once again as snow on the Rocky Mountains.
Along the way, children are introduced to concepts such as watersheds, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and irrigation, and they learn about the interesting animals and vegetation that live in different ecological zones crossed by the water’s path. They also learn how they live in the heart of the Continental Divide and what that means for the ultimate course that water takes as it flows downstream.
My Water Comes From the San Juan Mountains
My Water Comes From the San Juan Mountains, conveys information that is similar to My Water Comes From the Rocky Mountains. Written in collaboration with the Mountain Studies Institute in Silverton, Colorado and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, it focuses in particular on the San Juan Mountain region in the southwestern part of the state.