Water and Climate: The Story of Water in the Willamette Valley

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Water and Climate Education is a rebranded program offering and under slight restructuring. The program will support K-12 learning with water related projects, classroom visits, field study and curriculum, support systems for water conservation and protection, and highlight EWEB Board Priorities as well as the 4J Climate Resolution. Our current watershed program fits well with EWEB Board priorities. Curriculum will continue to be adapted to remain relevant and to address the changes expected in the Pacific Northwest through connection to a regional keystone species — Salmon. The bullets below list specific components in relation to water that will be addressed in the development of this program.


  • Water in Eugene: our local source, water quality and why it matters, water quality testing, conservation and protection strategies, World as a Well: global water connection
  • Watersheds: what they are, how they work, why they are important, Salmon Raising with the STEP program in partnership with ODFW (1st-12th grades), Salmon Watch field trips to spawning grounds (3rd-4th grades)
  • Support water related field trips: Leaburg dam, Hayden Water Treatment plant, & Whittaker Creek
  • Support elementary FOSS science 
  • Support Middle and High school environmental programs 
  • Utilize Climate Generation and EcoRise Sustainable Intelligence Curriculum


  • Provide lessons and field experiences related to water quality and why it matters
  • Provide lessons and field experiences related to watershed, water conservation and protection strategies
  • Provide access to materials for STEP Salmon program
  • Develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving
  • Develop skills in claims, evidence, reasoning (CER) skills

Alignment to board priorities

The EWEB Education Grant Program is intended to support K-12 education activities directly connected with EWEB’s mission. The objectives listed above meet the adopted area of study for water.

  • Water: local source, watershed protection, water quality and conservation 

Target audience/number of students reached/timeline

Target Audience: 1st-12th grade

Number of Students reached: 2,000-5,000

Timeline: September-June