Sep 16, 2008

World Water Monitoring Day Kicks Off Sept. 18

Month-long effort aims to increase public involvement in water monitoring and protecting resources

Thursday, Sept. 18 is the kickoff of the 5th Annual World Water Monitoring Day, 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 engages people of all ages in monitoring the condition of local rivers, streams, estuaries and other water bodies. 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. Hains Point Park in Washington, D.C. will be the site of a national celebration of World Water Monitoring Day 2008 on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.

This year’s program features a special hand-washing campaign to recognize the United Nations’ “International Year of Sanitation.” The event is coordinated by the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association, with partners including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and many more.

World Water Monitoring Day runs from Sept. 18 until Oct. 18. For more information and to find about how you can participate, visit