Kathy-Bates

 World Water Monitoring Day is, Sept. 18, 2017

By Kathy Bates, instructional chair, MATC environmental health and water technology 

America’s Clean Water Foundation established an annual “World Water Day” in 2003 to increase public awareness and involvement in protecting our precious water resources locally and throughout the world. Educational and training opportunities are held throughout the year both locally and globally to empower and enable citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water resources, such as lakes and rivers.

We are so fortunate to have Lake Michigan and the three rivers in this part of the state:  Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic.  Lake Michigan is the source of drinking water for many Milwaukee communities, as well as municipalities adjacent to Lake Michigan to the north and to the south of Milwaukee County. Other Wisconsinites that do not have access to Lake Michigan obtain their water from groundwater sources.

How will you celebrate World Water Monitoring Day?  Some ideas include:

Participate in a nearby river or beach cleanup.

Consider using water-saving appliances and plumbing fixtures.

Educate yourself and others about water resources.

Buy sustainable products.

Install raingardens and/or rain harvesting systems.

Challenge yourself and others to use less water.

Resources:

Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup             http://www.greatlakesadopt.org/

River Cleanup                              http://milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/

U.S. EPA WaterSense                 https://www.epa.gov/watersense

FreshCoast740                            http://www.freshcoast740.com/

EarthEcho Water Challenge    http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/

Read more about MATC’s Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology program:

https://www.matc.edu/business/degrees/environmental-health-water-quality-technician.cfm

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