About the Water and Energy Education Program

The Water and Energy Education Program at Sonoma Water uses a comprehensive approach to help students and educators learn about the vital role of water and energy in our communities. Our programs are FREE and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. We teach inquiry-based, exploratory science. We provide classroom visits, field trips, contests, grants, teacher workshops, and school supplies. Our goal is for students to become environmental stewards and informed citizens who can examine the world through an inquisitive, scientific lens.

For general questions, please email us at WaterEd@scwa.ca.gov


Drought Education

Two consecutive years of below-average rainfall and low reservoir levels have resulted in our region experiencing a drought emergency. In response to this historic drought, Sonoma Water is offering drought education programs in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, and Novato. 


COVID-19 Response

This year, our programs will be available to your students in-person or through distance learning, dependent on public health conditions and guidance from school administration. We are committed to working with changes as they arise and finding creative ways to bring our hands-on lessons to your students in the safest way possible. We look forward to working with you and your students!


 Our water and energy education programs are FREE thanks to funding from these partners:

Sonoma Water manages and maintains a water transmission system that provides naturally filtered Russian River water to nine cities and special districts that in turn deliver drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also manages eight sanitation zones and districts in Sonoma County and provides regional flood protection and environmental services.
The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 13 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties that have joined together to provide regional solutions for water use efficiency. The Partnership identifies and recommends the implementation of water use efficiency projects and maximizes the cost-effectiveness of local water use efficiency programs to bring more services to residents.
Established in 2014, Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit, public agency that generates electricity in Sonoma and Mendocino counties from cleaner sources with lower emissions. Renewable energy sources include wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal power. Electricity is delivered to the community through PG&E’s pre-existing infrastructure and costs roughly the same as PG&E’s electricity services.
The Russian River Watershed Association is a coalition of ten cities, counties, and special districts in the Russian River watershed that have come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, habitat restoration, and watershed enhancement. RRWA was formed in 2003 to create opportunities for member agencies to expand their stewardship role in the watershed.

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