World Water Monitoring Day 2007

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will join with the International Water Association (IWA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other partnering organizations to kick-off activities for World Water Monitoring Day Sept. 18, 2007, at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria, Va. Benjamin H. Grumbles, Assistant Administrator for U.S. EPA’s Office of Water, will lead a diverse group of participants in hands-on testing of the Potomac River. Special guest Joe Witte, weekend meteorologist for ABC 7/WJLA-TV, will provide remarks during the opening program.

World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is an international outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. Held annually between September 18 and October 18, the program engages communities in monitoring the condition of local rivers, streams, estuaries and other water bodies. During the kick-off event, attendees will break into small groups to conduct hands-on testing of the river for a core set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO).

The day will also feature fun and educational activities on a number of water-related topics such as stream flow, rainwater recycling, aquatic insects and a Chesapeake Bay blue crab display. In addition, attendees will also have the opportunity to use Enviroscape, an interactive learning tool that helps make a visual connection between land use and water quality. Participating organizations include the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Jewish National Fund, LaMotte Company, the Washington Area Sewer Authority, the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the Campagna Center and the Alexandria Division of Environmental Quality. Program sponsors include EPA, USGS, Perkin Elmer Instruments, Smithfield Foods, CH2M Hill and ITT Corporation.

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