World Water Monitoring Day: 122,000 Take It Personally
Posted February 17, 2010
By Bjorn Von Euler, Past Member of WEF Board of Trustees
According to this week’s World Water Monitoring Day report, some 122,000 people from all over the world were personally involved in monitoring their local water quality and reporting the results. That’s 67% over the number of last year’s participants--a great example of growing public awareness that the average bear can actively (and easily) help safeguard our water.
All of those wonderful water monitors did some basic monitoring and reported the results online at www.worldwatermonitoringday.com. They took a good look at temperature, clarity, acidity and dissolved oxygen to find out just how healthy their local waters are. Many even compared results from year to year. This kind of hands-on learning activity helps people of all ages really understand what’s important for clean water. And that’s what it’s all about.
As chair of WEF’s Public Communications and Outreach Committee, I’m proud that WEF, along with partner International Water Association, are WWMD founders and supporters. And we are closer than ever to our goal of a million water monitors by 2012! The best and most effective educational programs are ones like this, which promote learning, increase understanding, and inspire participation.
Speaking of inspiration, the 2009 Water Champions to be announced next month truly kicked it all up a notch. Their clean water commitment through WWMD paid off big time in terms of broader public education and even greater involvement in monitoring water quality. That kind of attention and support can only inspire others to get on the bandwagon (or boat) for this year’s program! Meanwhile watch this page for the Champions announcement on March 22, World Water Day.