On the Importance of World Water Monitoring Day

Posted September 20, 2011

By Karen Pallansch


Karen Pallansch, General Manager, Alexandria Sanitation Authority, WEF President Jeanette Brown, Frances Lucraft of the International Water Association, and U.S. EPA’s Dr. Ellen Gilinsky were featured speakers at the September 19 World Water Monitoring Day celebration in Washington D.C. , where some 200 students gathered to monitor the Potomac River for core water quality parameters. Following are excerpts from Karen’s remarks.

Leonardo da Vinci said centuries ago, “Water is the driving source of all nature. “Water is life. It gives life. It sustains life. Our very brains and muscles are 70% water. Our blood is 92% water.

We’re surrounded by vast oceans that make up 97 percent of our water…but we can’t drink saltwater. In fact, less than one percent of all the freshwater on the earth is available for our consumption… we need freshwater to drink…to cook…to wash…and grow the food that sustains us.

Yet for too long, we saw freshwater as an endless resource that we could dip into and exploit without consequence. And for too long, our precious natural resource…not gold, not oil, not timber…but freshwater… was being debased.

Fortunately, there were people of vision who saw this trend was not sustainable and took action and built the first wastewater treatment facilities. And more than bricks and water and pipes and modern technology, I think of wastewater treatment as nature’s partner in cleaning water…but on a faster, larger, more efficient scale.

Monitoring our water…as we are doing today…tells us that our natural engineering is working and meeting the important goals and benchmarks we have set to improve the health and standards of living, for us and for generations to come.

 

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Posted September 20, 2011

Karen Pallansch, General Manager, Alexandria Sanitation Authority, WEF President Jeanette Brown, Frances Lucraft of the International Water Association, and U.S. EPA’s Dr. Ellen Gilinsky were featured speakers at the September 19 World Water Monitoring Day celebration in Washington D.C. , where some 200 students gathered to monitor the Potomac River for core water quality parameters. Following are excerpts from Karen’s remarks.

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I agree with your post. Monitoring water should be a priority.

Posted by: Paralegal Training (vitalethicsblog@gmail.com) on 10/05/2011

Thanks for a great time visiting your site. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed.

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On the Importance of World Water Monitoring Day

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On the Importance of World Water Monitoring Day

Posted September 20, 2011

By Karen Pallansch


Karen Pallansch, General Manager, Alexandria Sanitation Authority, WEF President Jeanette Brown, Frances Lucraft of the International Water Association, and U.S. EPA’s Dr. Ellen Gilinsky were featured speakers at the September 19 World Water Monitoring Day celebration in Washington D.C. , where some 200 students gathered to monitor the Potomac River for core water quality parameters. Following are excerpts from Karen’s remarks.

Leonardo da Vinci said centuries ago, “Water is the driving source of all nature. “Water is life. It gives life. It sustains life. Our very brains and muscles are 70% water. Our blood is 92% water.

We’re surrounded by vast oceans that make up 97 percent of our water…but we can’t drink saltwater. In fact, less than one percent of all the freshwater on the earth is available for our consumption… we need freshwater to drink…to cook…to wash…and grow the food that sustains us.

Yet for too long, we saw freshwater as an endless resource that we could dip into and exploit without consequence. And for too long, our precious natural resource…not gold, not oil, not timber…but freshwater… was being debased.

Fortunately, there were people of vision who saw this trend was not sustainable and took action and built the first wastewater treatment facilities. And more than bricks and water and pipes and modern technology, I think of wastewater treatment as nature’s partner in cleaning water…but on a faster, larger, more efficient scale.

Monitoring our water…as we are doing today…tells us that our natural engineering is working and meeting the important goals and benchmarks we have set to improve the health and standards of living, for us and for generations to come.

 

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I agree with your post. Monitoring water should be a priority.
Posted by: Paralegal Training ( Email | Visit ) at 10/5/2011 7:39 PM


Thanks for a great time visiting your site. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed.
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Karen Pallansch, General Manager for Alexandria Renew Enterprises 

Ms. Pallansch currently serves as General Manager for Alexandria Renew Enterprises. Prior to her work with Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Ms. Pallansch also worked for the Virginia DEQ and as a civilian with the Department of the Army. Ms. Pallansch has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from East Texas State University, Texarkana. She is a registered Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has a Class I wastewater license and is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. She volunteers with several organizations, including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) and the Water Environment Research Foundation Research Council (WERF).