Sept. 18th is World Water Monitoring Day

Credit: WEF and IWA

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) are coordinating the events associated with the 2007 World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD). WWMD is a global education and outreach event designed to promote personal stewardship and individual involvement in the protection of our world water resources.

The message is simple, it is not solely the responsibility of government agencies and corporations to assure clean safe water. It is up to the users of water, to become involved in the protection of the world’s waters. Clean water is everyone’s right and it is also everyone’s responsibility. Water is a renewable resource carried by the hydrologic cycle throughout the world therefore collaborative partnerships are necessary to protect this resource.

In 2006 a total of 39 countries were involved in WWMD in 2006, with a total of 3,993 sites worldwide. Approximately 200 of those sites were in California, with many located in Los Angeles County.

These included:

  • Eaton Canyon Creek

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

  • Cabrillo Beach Salt Marsh

  • Dominguez Channel

  • Queen Mary/Grissom Island

  • Queen Mary/Freeman Island

  • Los Angeles River Mouth

  • Los Angeles River at Willow St

  • Belmont Pier

  • Colorodo Lagoon

  • Alamitos Bay

  • San Gabriel River Mouth

This year in the Los Angeles Basin many government agencies are collaborating with local watershed groups, citizens, businesses and other interested environmental organizations as they prepare to take part in the month of monitoring activities kicking off with this year’s World Water Monitoring DayTM on September 18. Volunteers will perform tests for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity/clarity and temperature.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) serve as the rimary coordinators for the program. For more details, visit the World Water Monitoring DayTM web site at http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/ or the Los Angeles Regional Citizen Monitoring Steering Team at http://www.scmi.us/webdocuments/losangelesregional.html

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