WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This September, explorer and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and EarthEcho International invite you to take part in protecting one of your community's most precious resources—water. In celebration of World Water Monitoring Day on September 18, EarthEcho is providing online resources for monitoring and protecting the health of community water supplies, as well as sharing live broadcasts and updates from water monitoring events across the country. The World Water Monitoring Day tools and activities are part of the EarthEcho Water Challenge, an international program that equips anyone to combat the global water crisis starting in their own communities.
"The water that sustains our cities and towns needs our focus and support to keep these essential resources healthy and clean; we can't depend on local or federal regulations alone to protect our community water," said EarthEcho founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr. "When you participate in World Water Monitoring Day activities you are playing an active role in the ongoing health and prosperity of your community."
Leading up to and during World Water Monitoring Day, EarthEcho will provide a variety of ways to engage individuals, organizations and communities in monitoring and protecting their water resources on September 18. Those interested in taking action in their community can visit www.monitorwater.org to order an EarthEcho Water Challenge test kit, share their water quality data and download toolkits and other resources to help guide their efforts to protect local waterways. Throughout the day, EarthEcho will share live broadcasts and updates from water monitoring events across the country on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and encourage participants to join the conversation using hashtag #MonitorWater.
EarthEcho is collaborating with partners across the country on a variety of water monitoring events that will take place on September 18, including the following:
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, Ohio
Cousteau and EarthEcho team members will work with the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center along with teachers and students from Coventry Middle School, Sam Salem Community Learning Center, Woodridge Middle School and Urban Community School to test water quality, work on invasive species removal and plant trees to restore and protect the water quality of the Cuyahoga River Watershed. Volunteers from leading water technology company and EarthEcho Water Challenge sponsor Xylem, Inc. will be on hand to assist with testing and mentor participating students.
- BetterWorld Telecom and Oakton High School, Vienna, VA
Volunteers from BetterWorld Telecom, a national B2B voice and data provider and a certified B Corporation, will join local students from Oakton High School and EarthEcho staff in Vienna, VA, to monitor multiple waterways in their local region. Participants will record data into the EarthEcho Water Challenge database and watch as their efforts contribute to global awareness of our water resources.
- Love A Sea Turtle River Park North Water Lab, Greenville, NC
Love A Sea Turtle, a local student-led non-profit organization, and River Park North will hold World Water Monitoring Day activities as part of the grand opening of the newly constructed STEM Water Discovery Lab. The event will take place on Monday, September 18, from 9:30am-2pm. Thirty-two sixth grade students from The Oakwood School in Greenville, NC, will attend and participate in activities at the new water lab located at the science and nature center of River Park North. Planned activities include hands-on water testing, a presentation about the current issue of the chemical GenX discharging in the Cape Fear River and a Stow It-Don't Throw It fishing line recycling presentation.
The EarthEcho Water Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Xylem, Inc. In addition, the following organizations are collaborating with the EarthEcho Water Challenge through outreach, resources and events: Austin Youth River Watch; BetterWorld Telecom; Centennial Academy, Coventry Middle School; Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center; Darnell-Cookman Middle-High School; Florida 4-H; LaMotte Company; Living Lands & Waters; Love A Sea Turtle; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Mystic Aquarium; Oakton High School; Ocean Steward; Puerto Rico FIRST LEGO League; Sam Salem Community Learning Center; Tennessee Valley Authority; The Oakwood School; The Sink or Swim Project; Urban Community School; Wander Like Water; and Woodridge Middle School.
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