Take movement with a EarthEcho Water Challenge to collect and share H2O peculiarity data. Then, work to strengthen your internal H2O resources.
About a EarthEcho Water Challenge
On Mar 22, this year’s EarthEcho Water Challenge kicked off, lenient immature people and village members around a universe to guard and strengthen internal H2O resources in their communities. Initiated in 2003 as a World Water Monitoring Challenge (in jubilee of a U.S. Clean Water Act), this year-round, tellurian module is designed to bond anyone, of any age, to their internal H2O resources by H2O peculiarity monitoring. Participants share their H2O peculiarity information by the global EarthEcho Water Challenge online database, contributing to a bargain of a world’s H2O resources. Participants can also share on a database how they take movement to revive and strengthen their internal waterways.
Their commentary are published open source to a tellurian assembly by a EarthEcho Water Challenge web platform. Additionally, during a informal level, EarthEcho Water Challenge partners rivet scientists and charge module managers in operative alongside immature citizen scientists to share and appreciate their H2O peculiarity data.
By participating in a EarthEcho Water Challenge, YOU will join over 1.5 million girl and adult volunteers around a universe who have monitored H2O peculiarity in 146 countries. The EarthEcho Water Challenge is led by EarthEcho International, a nonprofit classification determined by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in respect of their father, Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather, mythological path-finder Jacques Yves Cousteau. EarthEcho’s goal is to enthuse immature people worldwide to act now for a tolerable future.
As we continue another year of a EarthEcho Water Challenge, we are vehement to share collection and resources to assistance adults of any age in any plcae around a universe learn some-more about their internal waterways and take movement to strengthen these vicious resources.
Interested in formulation a H2O peculiarity monitoring eventuality in your community? Check out the new EarthEcho Water Challenge formulation toolkit for tips to assistance we get started. You can also listen to EarthEcho’s SciStarter podcast episode to learn some-more about a program.
EarthEchoWater Challenge Stories
In 2018, desirous by their H2O peculiarity monitoring results, over 22,300 EarthEcho Water Challenge participants took movement over monitoring, heading a accumulation of projects and campaigns designed to strengthen H2O resources in their internal communities. These are only a few of their stories.
Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida
After training about a internal sea environments of Biscayne Bay off a seashore of Miami, FL, students during Key Biscayne K-8 core monitored internal H2O peculiarity to examine a health of this ecosystem. Building on this work, students grew and planted mangrove propagules to revive mangrove habitats in an bid to stabilise shorelines, assistance forestall erosion, and revoke nutritious runoff.
Pitt County, North Carolina
Over a past several years, Love A Sea Turtle (LAST), a youth-led organization, has incorporated a EarthEcho Water Challenge into their programs. After monitoring a H2O peculiarity of lakes and rivers in their internal parks, these immature leaders satisfied a significance of preventing additional runoff and wickedness from entering their internal waterways by charge drains. Working with their city, they helped reanimate a Paint a Drain program. The organisation took a lead on formulating a collection and resources to symbol charge drains with educational messages about a tie between charge drains and internal waterways, communicating a significance of not transfer rabble or rubbish into these systems. Over 4,000 drains have been noted so distant by this initiative.
Emma Dao is Pitt County Paint a Drain Program Coordinator and a Love A Sea Turtle Student advisory house member. “My work with Paint a Drain has turn even some-more suggestive to me with vicious H2O issues outset around a globe,” she said. “It is my wish that Paint a Drain helps to enthuse others to act and consider about their environmental impact, retreat shocking trends in H2O pollution, and safeguard that uninformed purify H2O is accessible for destiny generations.”
Through their Students for Salmon program, a Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) in Washington State connects internal students to a streams and waterways in their region, while providing them with an eventuality to learn about one of a Pacific Northwest’s iconic species. After collecting H2O peculiarity information and sharing their formula in a EarthEcho Water Challenge database, students improved know a health of these waterways and take evident charge movement by participating in efforts to plant internal plants along tide banks and mislay invasive class from these ecosystems.
The Green Vigil Foundation in Nagpur, India has been operative to rivet immature people and village members in monitoring lake H2O peculiarity by a EarthEcho Water Challenge for over 5 years. Their commentary prominence a impacts of wickedness on these waterways and have served as a basement for complete educational efforts to assistance village members know actions they can take to assistance urge H2O quality. They have also used their commentary to disciple for supervision rendezvous in cleaning adult a lakes in their region.
It’s your turn!
This year, we enthuse we to join these participants, and thousands of others around a world, in holding serve movement to strengthen internal waterways as partial of your work with a EarthEcho Water Challenge. The EarthEcho Water Challenge Action Portal provides a heart of impulse and ideas to assistance we learn how to interpret your information and H2O peculiarity commentary into movement to assistance strengthen and urge a health of internal H2O resources. Here you’ll find stories and examples of current charge projects, as good as actionable stairs we can follow to strengthen your internal waterways. You can also contention your possess EarthEcho Water Challenge plan story to underline your current charge efforts or share on amicable media regulating a hashtag #MonitorWater.
Ready to take action? Learn some-more about the EarthEcho Water Challenge and order your H2O monitoring exam kit. Once you’ve finished your tests, share your information by a EarthEcho Water Challenge database. Remember, you’ll also have a eventuality to share highlights from any current charge actions we take over monitoring. Help enthuse others to take movement as good by pity your practice on amicable media regulating a hashtag #MonitorWater. Let’s get started!
Want some-more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen scholarship projects travelling each margin of research, charge and age group, there’s something for everyone!
About a Author
Sean Russell has dedicated his veteran career to lenient immature people with a collection and proclivity they need to turn concerned in care initiatives. After graduating from a University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s grade in Biology, Sean has worked with a different set of corporations, supervision agencies, and non-profit organizations to rouse a purpose of girl care in a fields of sea science, education, and conservation. Sean is a owner and executive of a Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, an annual eventuality hold during Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL that is also modeled in cities opposite a United States in partnership with charge organizations. Through this program, Sean works to commission immature people with a knowledge, skills, and resources indispensable to residence sea charge issues in their internal communities.
Sean initial assimilated a EarthEcho International organisation in 2015 as a Youth Leadership Fellow, overseeing a doing of EarthEcho’s initial Youth Leadership Council. He has also served in roles with Mote Marine Laboratory and Georgia Sea Grant. Sean is a member of a National Marine Educators Association Board of Directors, and a former member of a State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and a Board of Directors of Youth Service America and a Florida 4-H Foundation. He is a target of a Brower Youth Award, Peter Benchley Ocean Award, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Blue Dolphin Award for his charge work. In his gangling time Sean enjoys hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, traveling, and photography. He is looking brazen to a eventuality to commission people around a universe to bond to and strengthen their H2O resources by a EarthEcho Water Challenge program.