World Water Monitoring Day Starts
(Washington, D.C. - Sept. 18, 2008) Today, EPA and several
other organizations are joining together to kick off the 5th Annual World Water
Monitoring Day. World Water Monitoring Day is a month-long international effort
aimed to increase public awareness and involvement in water monitoring and
protecting water resources around the world.
"World Water Monitoring Day reconnects people with their
watersheds and reminds us all to think globally and test locally," said Benjamin
Grumbles, EPA's assistant administrator for water. "EPA
supports this grass roots movement to measure for progress and develop
World Water Monitoring Day engages people of all ages in
monitoring the condition of local rivers, streams, estuaries and other
School-age groups are encouraged to participate.
Conducting simple monitoring tests teaches participants about some of the most
common indicators of water health and encourages further participation in more
formal citizen monitoring efforts.
Worldwide participation is expected to surpass last year,
when more than 46,000 people tested water quality in 43 countries. Over 21,000
participants monitored 2,250 sites in the United States alone. Program
coordinators plan to expand participation to 1 million people in 100 countries
World Water Monitoring Day program coordinators, the Water
Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) will
join EPA, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other partnering organizations to
celebrate World Water Monitoring Day 2008 Sept. 18 at Hains Point Park in
World Water Monitoring Day runs from Sept. 18 until Oct.
For more information about WWMD 2008 and to find about how
you can participate, visit: www.WorldWaterMonitoringDay.com