Feather River Watercourse: Plumas to Pacific

The Watercourse: Plumas to Pacific is an integrated; year-long course of study that uses the Feather River and its tributaries to teach concepts in life science; earth science; social studies; and mathematics. Building upon established elements of the sixth grade curriculum; students examine the influences of mining; logging; ranching/farming in the region; as well as water uses for transportation; recreation; wildlife/fisheries; hydroelectric power; commerce; and municipal/domestic purposes.

The Watercourse: Plumas to Pacific consists of two main sections. The first part of the journey begins at home and is focused on the immediate watersheds of each school and community situated at various points adjacent to and within the Plumas National Forest. The second phase follows the river as it leaves each community and explores the people and places it affects as it flows to the Pacific Ocean.

Each year nearly 200 students from four schools (Chester; Greenville; Quincy and Portola) participate in the series of adventures; with over 160 sixth graders and another 30 plus high school students serving as mentors and counselors. Many teachers; parents; community groups; and resource professionals also participate in portions of The Watercourse. Plumas Corporation had successfully secured funding for the coordination of The Watercourse for the last ten years. A Program Coordinator conducts the necessary planning; curricular research; scheduling field trips and guest speakers; and class instruction in conjunction with each sixth grade teacher. The studies are directly correlated to the California Content Standards for Science; Social Science; Mathematics; and Reading; Grade 6.
Sponsoring Agency
Plumas Unified School District
Primary Contact
Rob Wade
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Supplemental Information
The Feather River Watercourse: Plumas to Pacific program uses education; stewardship and recreation to inspire this next generation of citizens. Understanding and loving the Upper Feather River equally develops a caring capacity that is critical for taking care of the region. The recreational aspects of this relationship are important for the economy and creating lifelong connections for all.
DWR Resource Management Strategies
Outreach and engagement, Water and culture, Water-dependent recreation, Watershed management
Project Objectives
Enhance public awareness and understanding of water management issues and needs
Project Status
Final Design
Potential Benefits
Assist the region in adapting to effects of climate change, Disadvantaged Communities, Drought Preparedness, Environmental Justice, Generation or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. green technology), Native American Tribal Communities
Project Owner

To the owner of Feather River Watercourse: Plumas to Pacific

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  • FMW-9 1 file Added 28 Aug 2016 Watershed education