I do not believe that the lack of participation can be attributed to
insufficient notification and time for planning a trip.
An announcement (see below) went out 08 May (and included information about
the one-month sampling window prior to the day of WWMD). Also - there was
periodic discussion on the list and a very detailed reminder (with links) on
09 Oct (9 days prior to the end of the sampling window.
I just received this. Please read it and consider joining this very
worthwhile effort. Its great chance to contribute to an important database.
Its also a wonderful opportunity to educate and involve your family,
friends, neighbors, and co-workers in water quality issues (at the local
level). Lastly - its a perfect excuse for a fish-collecting trip.
World Water Monitoring Day
October 18, 2003
Dear 2002 National Water Monitoring Day Participant:
Your involvement in the 2002 National Water Monitoring Day last October
contributed to the success of the inaugural Year of Clean Water event
celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Over 75,000 people
participated in water quality monitoring, water festivals and other
educational outreach activities last fall. There were over 5,100 sites
registered across the country. Every state, including the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico, was represented. In addition, local press covered
the event and raised awareness of the continued need to care for local
Desiring to build on the success of the first year, America's Clean Water
Foundation (ACWF) and its new international partner, the International Water
Association (IWA), are joining together to coordinate World Water Monitoring
Day with existing partners this fall. Once again we hope to bring
professional water quality monitoring agencies, volunteer monitoring
organizations and first-time citizen monitors together to screen the health
of local watershed across the United States. In addition, we will invite
select countries to pilot the event internationally. As with the first
National Water Monitoring Day, this year's event will focus on the four
basic parameters of temperature, acidity (pH), dissolved oxygen (DO) and
clarity/turbidity to introduce citizens to water monitoring and help them
understand its importance in protecting our water resources.
Mark The Date. We encourage you to again join this important effort as we
again celebrate October 18th as World Water Monitoring Day. This year, the
actual monitoring window will run from September 18th through October 18thth
in order to account for weather conditions and pre-existing volunteer
A new website is under construction for World Water Monitoring Day
(www.worldwatermonitoringday.org) and should be completed by June 1. It will
provide helpful information about ways to increase local involvement in your
watershed and how to register sites this year.
Until then, please visit www.yearofcleanwater.org and click on "National
Events" or contact e.moyer_at_acwf.org for additional information.
Plan now to participate in WORLD WATER MONITORING DAY and encourage others
to join you by sharing this announcement within your networks. By working
together, we can make a difference in our global waters.
America's Clean Water Foundation
World Water Monitoring Day Coordinator
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