DENVER -- The Bureau of Reclamation's Virtual Water Conservation Center called "WaterShare" is now available online. This Reclamation web site provides information for all ages and interests ranging from local water conservation programs to a series of interactive children's activities.
The name "WaterShare" rests on the principle that through careful management there is enough water to share with everyone. According to Reclamation Commissioner Eluid Martinez, WaterShare integrates three areas that impact water conservation. 'We have interactive episodes on nature, agriculture, and urban water," Martinez said. "Each of these episodes tie into a teacher lesson plan, so the site is not only useful, but also provides a solid platform for someone to teach water conservation principles.
In addition to a kid's site and teacher lesson plans, the site can be used as a reference source for documentation. "We have literature online in various formats for viewing or printing that people can access," said Julie Spezia, Water Conservation Team Leader for Reclamation. "Before, when people asked us for information, we had to mail these bulky documents. Now, for those who have access to the Internet, we can refer them directly to our web site. It really streamlines the process".
The Expert Links section of WaterShare provides a directory of related Web sites by categories such as education, government, and resources. In addition, there is a link to the University of California, Davis "water experts" database. This searchable list features over 2,000 names of water specialists, their affiliations, and area of expertise.
WaterShare is located on the World Wide Web at http://www.watershare. usbr.gov.
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