Submitted by Xylem Inc.
In celebration of World Water Monitoring Day on September 18, Xylem Watermark is collaborating with environmental youth leadership organization EarthEcho International to host youth-led events nationwide that will help communities around the world be part of a clean water future for our planet.
As part of the EarthEcho Water Challenge, this year’s World Water Monitoring Day will include a special event in Renton, Washington, on September 18th, where local students will learn about water monitoring and how to improve water health for native salmon populations. The Water Challenge, which runs annually from World Water Day through the end of the year, is comprised of three easy steps: Test water quality in communities; Share findings, data, stories and photos of quality testing; and Protect local water sources.
To kick-off events on World Monitoring Day, Xylem Watermark is partnering with EarthEcho’s Philippe Cousteau Jr., the Environmental Science Center, and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association to host approximately eighty-five 4th grade students from Sartori Elementary School. Students will learn about the Cedar River, their local watersheds and how they can take action to protect these important waterways. Utilizing Xylem Watermark and EarthEcho’s water monitoring tools and resources, student attendees will test and record water quality and take part in hands-on activities focused on preserving salmon populations, stream health and environmental stewardship. Volunteers from Xylem and industry partner Whitney Equipment Company, Inc will be present to lead educational activities with the participating students.
“The water we depend on every day is a precious resource that deserves our attention and protection,” said EarthEcho International Founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr. “We can’t afford to take our streams, rivers and watersheds for granted -- we can all play a role in conserving and improving the health of the natural water resources that feed our communities and the EarthEcho Water Challenge helps anyone be part of the solution.”
“Xylem Watermark is proud to continue Solving Water in communities through our partnership collaboration with EarthEcho. With the support of Xylem employees and stakeholders, educating the next generation, is core to our mission to provide and protect safe water resources for communities around the world and educate people about water issues,” says Jamie Saxe, Senior Director, Xylem Watermark Corporate Social Investment. “Clean water and clean air makes for more fish and happier people,” says Jay Meena, President Whitney Equipment Company, Inc.
Learn more about the EarthEcho Water Challenge and how to Test, Share and Protect your waterways:
Test – It all begins by understanding the state of water quality in your community. Get started by purchasing a simple test kit at www.monitorwater.org;
Share – Participants can enter their data online through the EarthEcho Water Challenge database and share their stories and photos on our website at www.monitorwater.org or though social media using #MonitorWater; and
Protect – Armed with knowledge about local water resources, participants can use the information and tools available at www.monitorwater.org to protect local water resources every day.
The EarthEcho Water Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Xylem Watermark.
For information about EarthEcho International, please visit www.earthecho.org
About Xylem Watermark
Xylem Watermark, the company’s corporate citizenship program, was initiated in 2008, with a focus on protecting and providing safe water resources around the world and also educating people on water-related issues. The global initiative, which encompasses employee and stakeholder engagement, provides access to clean drinking water and sanitation, and humanitarian emergency response to help communities become more water-secure and sustainable through WASH and Value of Water Education programs. Last year, the program exceeded its three-year goal to log 100,000 employee volunteer hours and engaged 45 percent of the company’s global employee base.
For more information, visit xylem.com/watermark and follow Xylem Watermark on social media:
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