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H2WHOA! Art, Science, and Maker Exhibits and Events

Making an individual connection with water is a key element of conservation and reuse. Knowing water often leads to caring about water.

Our ongoing Standing with the Watershed exhibits and events bring participants deep experiencing water from the bird’s eye view of the water cycle down to the individual molecule. By moving beyond the conceptualization of water as “supply for humans” only, we aim to make every Californian a water-aware water-lover. We hope that you will become committed to appreciating every drop, whether in an ocean, a bay, a river, underneath your feet, or coming out your faucet.


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What’s on Tap? Campaign
On Tap Campaign Logo

A key facet of conservation is having a personal connection to the source of water flowing out of your taps. So let us ask you the question “What’s On Tap” at your home or business? Let us help you answer that question with our striking and durable What’s On Tap? stickers.

Put our stickers over sinks and toilets at home, work, and school to easily identify your drought-stressed water source. Each time someone turns on that tap, they will know there is a real river flowing out. Each of us can then choose, How will I use this river?

Just knowing the name of the actual river flowing from your tap in San Francisco and the East Bay is leading to an immediate transformation in people’s behavior, naturally causing a reduction of water use. We’re even encouraging people to name it out loud and thank the river every time you turn on the tap. It’s a gratitude thing!

Child drinking Tuolumne River water


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Monitoring Change: Crowdsourced Rim Fire Recovery Documentation
About the Rim Fire

The Rim Fire charred more acreage in the Sierra Nevada than any wildfire in recorded history. On August 17th, 2013, an illegal campfire gone wild started by a hunter, began it’s months long burn through parts of Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, primarily in the Tuolumne River’s watershed.

Within a few short weeks, the Rim Fire scorched through 257,314 acres, or 402 square miles, an area roughly 8 times the size of the City of San Francisco.

Monitoring Change

Watching a forest zone regrow after a fire event is a stunning and surprising vision. Given the severity of vegetation and soil burn in the Rim Fire zone, it’s regrowth patterns are a source an education to everyone how the Tuolumne River Watershed will regrow – how quickly, what species, how will it look during rain events, what level of erosion? The forest in the watershed burnt differently in different areas.
Wholly H2O, The Stanislaus National Forest Service, and Nerds For Nature banded together to set up crowd-sourcing photo sites throughout fire impacted areas the Stanislaus National Forest.


Wholly H2O WaterScapes


A Wholly H2O waterscape is a place of refuge and quiet. We create a beautiful zone for visitors to interact with water. We do this by setting up one or more of several beautiful water fountains, and include bowls of salt, flowers, and other natural items that allow participants to interact with water in a personal way. Quite simple and very elegant.


Wholly H2O Workshops


Nothing shows you the benefits, challenges and details like doing a hands-on workshop. We offer a variety of workshops from how to install a rainwater harvesting system to how to make a free-standing rainwater harvesting sculpture for your community garden, business or home from mostly recycled materials.

We host knowledgable instructors and keep our workshops small to maximize your hands-on experience. Join us for an upcoming workshop.

In 2017, we’ll also be hosting four bioblitzes in a Richmond, CA tidal marsh area. Stay tuned for upcoming details.