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World Water Monitoring Day, October 18, 2006

World Water Monitoring DayThe USGS is proud to be a sponsor of World Water Monitoring Day on October 18, an annual event coordinated by the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association. Citizens of the global community will join in this worldwide opportunity to positively impact the health of rivers, lakes, estuaries and other waters. Volunteer monitoring groups, water quality agencies, students and the general public are invited to test four key indicators of water quality: temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity.

As in past years, monitoring, water-related festivals, and other events will take place within a window from September 18 through October 18.

USGS activities in observance of World Water Monitoring Day include:

Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance River Summit: The Nebraska Water Science Center (NEWSC) co-sponsored the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance River Summit on Sept. 19 as part of World Water Monitoring Day activities. The event brought together irrigators and officials from central Nebraska to discuss innovative approaches to water use and management. To learn more, visit the NWIS Web site.

USGS and Auburn University Team Up on Field Sampling Techniques: Scientists from the USGS Alabama Water Science Center joined ecology students from Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) at Cypress Creek in Montgomery, Ala., Sept. 22, to demonstrate field sampling techniques of water resources. This event is part of an ongoing cooperative agreement between USGS and AUM and in celebration of World Water Monitoring Day. High resolution images of this event are available on the Web. For more information contact Athena Clark at (334) 395-4141.

USGS Sponsor of Illinois Water 2006: The USGS Illinois Water Science Center is co-sponsoring “Illinois Water 2006,” October 4-5. The fifth biennial conference is for citizens and groups interested in water resource issues in Illinois. The USGS Illinois Water Science Center Director will chair and moderate a session on data needs for water planning. Visit the Illinois Water 2006 Web site for more conference information.

New York Scientists Provide Real-World Science Adventure: USGS scientists at the USGS New York Water Science Center will participate in World Water Monitoring Day on October 4. Students will visit a streamgaging station on Onondaga Creek in Syracuse to gather water samples and conduct water-quality tests. The event is sponsored by the Onondaga Environmental Institute and the Onondaga Lake Partnership, and scientists from the Upstate Freshwater Institute in Onondaga County and the USGS, who provide real-world science experiences for middle-school and high-school students from 10 schools in the greater Syracuse area. For more information contact William Kappel at (607) 266-0217, ext. 3013.

Water Monitoring Event on the Anacostia River: The USGS is sponsoring a World Water Monitoring Day™ event, which includes a water monitoring demonstration and on site monitoring of the Anacostia River, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center, 2000 Half Street SW, in Washington, DC. The media and general public are invited to attend. For more information on attending and the agenda contact Pixie Hamilton at (804) 261-2602.

Virginia Residents — Curious about Water Quality on the James River?  Ever wonder how healthy the river is? Find out, Oct. 20, when scientists and school-age children take “snapshot” water quality tests on the James River. All are invited. Visit the USGS Virginia Water Science Center site or contact Tracy Hancock at (804) 261-2618 for more information.

USGS Science at Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships Symposium: USGS hydrologists, biologists, and geologists working on Pacific Islands will be giving several presentations at the annual Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships Symposium on October 19, 2006 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Topics include understanding stream resources and current monitoring initiative related that may assist partners in evaluating the health and streams in their watersheds and how biologic changes in Hawaiian watersheds affect nearshore coral reefs and other marine resources. Read more information about the Symposium or contact Gordon Tribble at (808) 587-2405.

What’s on the agenda in Kansas City, Mo.? Scientists from the USGS Kansas Water Science Center will be participating in a World Water Monitoring Day celebration, Oct. 18, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., at the Bruce R. Watkins Heritage Center in Kansas, City, Mo. Join local, state and federal officials as they discuss strategies for improving the health of streams, lakes and rivers. For more information see Mike Slifer at (573) 308-3667 or meslifer@usgs.gov.

New Jersey students will have the opportunity to conduct their own simple water quality tests during the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center"s World Water Monitoring Day activities, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at the New Jersey Water Supply Authority"s Round Valley Reservoir near Flemington, New Jersey. More than 100 students from local high schools will be attending. Students can expect to see streamgage demonstrations, water quality sampling techniques, and equipment installations. For more information contact Robert Reiser at (609) 771-3980 or rreiser@usgs.gov.

In support of World Water Monitoring Day activities, the USGS Ohio Water Science Center participated in the annual "Darby Days" celebration, Oct. 8, 2006. Darby Days is an outreach event that attracts persons with recreational and environmental interests. Many public and private organizations attend the event, as well as political leaders and the news media. A USGS booth provided local families an opportunity to learn about USGS real-time streamgaging, the water-quality monitoring program, topographic maps and reports. For more information contact Donna Runkle at (614) 430-7733 or dlrunkle@usgs.gov.

For full details and information about World Water Monitoring Day, visit the World Water Monitoring Day Web site.

 

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