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 /assets/0/86/108/668/777/20370/ae1acc87-e36e-4e1c-99cf-0a6e0ee5ae00.jpgto 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.
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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.

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Posted February 17, 2010 

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.

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Great program that demonstrates we all can be and are globally connected by water.

Posted by: Al Goodman (goodmanaw@cdm.com) on 02/17/2010

WE in Spain we do our best and a big effort to reach our results,on the top. Should to be a good way to have people for everywhere linked.Results should be well know An my best regards to AL.

Posted by: gamaliel martinez (gamabas@gmail.com) on 02/24/2010

We will be conducting our 6th world water monitoring day this year. The school focused event (with adults invited, too) has developed into a world water monitoring day and exposition, with demonstrations by our wastewater staff, stormwater folks, the USGS, Englewood's water treatment plant and others. We attract 300 to 400 people on the official day and usually have some additional groups do monitoring on other days, also. Great program!

Posted by: Dennis Stowe (dstwoe@englewoodgov.org) on 02/24/2010

Toxicity testing is now something achievable by volunteer monitors. In California, in May the annual SnapShot Day will have toxicity testing at hundreds of sites along the California coastline.

Posted by: Mickele Bragg (mickele@assurecontrols.com) on 02/24/2010

World Water Monitoring Day: 122,000 Take It Personally

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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 /assets/0/86/108/668/777/20370/ae1acc87-e36e-4e1c-99cf-0a6e0ee5ae00.jpgto 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.
/assets/0/86/108/668/777/20370/b0c3ce9c-f6f8-4521-8d7d-9108f52a322a.jpg
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.

Posted by Julie Fuller at 02/17/2010 09:15:19 AM | 


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Great program that demonstrates we all can be and are globally connected by water.
Posted by: Al Goodman ( Email ) at 2/17/2010 4:26 PM


WE in Spain we do our best and a big effort to reach our results,on the top.
Should to be a good way to have people for everywhere linked.Results should be well know

An my best regards to AL.
Posted by: gamaliel martinez ( Email ) at 2/24/2010 12:19 PM


We will be conducting our 6th world water monitoring day this year. The school focused event (with adults invited, too) has developed into a world water monitoring day and exposition, with demonstrations by our wastewater staff, stormwater folks, the USGS, Englewood's water treatment plant and others. We attract 300 to 400 people on the official day and usually have some additional groups do monitoring on other days, also. Great program!
Posted by: Dennis Stowe ( Email | Visit ) at 2/24/2010 1:47 PM


Toxicity testing is now something achievable by volunteer monitors. In California, in May the annual SnapShot Day will have toxicity testing at hundreds of sites along the California coastline.
Posted by: Mickele Bragg ( Email | Visit ) at 2/24/2010 3:34 PM


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Bjorn von Euler, Past Member of WEF Board of Trustees

Bjorn is currently the director of corporate communications for ITT Corporation’s Fluid Technology and Motion & Flow Control groups. Born in Sweden, Bjorn has spent more than 35 years in the marketing and communications field and the last half of them serving ITT Flygt and ITT Fluid Technology. In doing so he has built global relationships with business and trade media, NGOs, educators, communicators and investors.

A WEF member since 2001, Bjorn holds seat 22 in the International Water Academy and is one of originators of the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Junior Water Prize – one of WEF’s most successful public education programs. Bjorn holds a Master in Communications and Marketing.