The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages Kansans to take part in an international event in recognition of World Water Monitoring Day, which is September 18.
World Water Monitoring Day is intended to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens.
During the month-long event, Kansans will volunteer to conduct water monitoring activities by going out to their local streams, lakes and rivers. Volunteers can enter their test results into a global database that stores all information collected during the monitoring period, which is from September 18 through October 18. Data collected during this period can be entered at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org through December 18, 2008.
“This is a good time to stop and think about the importance of water quality in our everyday lives – something most of us take for granted,” said KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby. “We encourage groups and organizations in Kansas to participate, with thousands of others around the world, to volunteer to sample the water quality in their area.”
In 2006, Kansas ranked first in the United States for the most monitoring sites registered, and took a close second place in 2007.
The KDHE Watershed Management Section will be donating 100 water test kits to individuals, groups and organizations willing to test 15 sites during the monitoring month. Each kit can test up to 50 sites. Volunteers will perform four key water tests that come included in the kits. The tests are for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity/clarity and temperature. KDHE staff will be available upon request to provide guidance to volunteers.
World Water Monitoring Day organizers have identified Kansas as “a wonderful example of how the goals of World Water Monitoring Day can ignite the collaboration of local officials, volunteers and citizens and increase citizen awareness.”
If you, your organization or your group would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Sondra Megrail at (785) 296-0051 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the World Water Monitoring Day website at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org.