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Over 100 local school children and their teachers learned from and interacted with staff from the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) New Jersey district office, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as these agencies demonstrated different water quality monitoring techniques on Friday, October 24, 2003, as part of the World Water Monitoring Day celebration.
The event took place at historic Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, N.J. along the Delaware River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
The students who were on hand to observe and take part in measuring the quality of the water attend Lambertville and West Amwell elementary schools, and were accompanied by several freshman biology students from South Hunterdon Regional High School.
The attendees were welcomed on the sunny, brisk autumn day by NJDEP Assistant Commissioner Ernest Hahn and Water Monitoring & Standards Administrator Leslie McGeorge, USGS New Jersey District Chief Rick Kropp, DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier, and Washington Crossing State Park Superintendent Dave Donnelly.
Following the brief opening remarks, the students and their teachers divided into groups and spent about 20 minutes at each of the various stations set up on the park grounds. The subjects of the six stations included biological monitoring, chemical monitoring, stream flow monitoring, marine water monitoring, ground water monitoring, and watersheds. Many of the students brought along their lunch.
World Water Monitoring Day was coordinated by America's Clean Water Foundation and the International Water Association to engage the public in global efforts to protect and enhance worldwide water quality. From September 18 to October 18, people around the globe joined together to monitor the quality of their local watersheds and enter the results of their efforts into an international database. Monitoring activities took place across the United States and in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Gabon, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. The New Jersey event had been originally scheduled for October 17, but threatening weather conditions pushed it back one week to October 24. The web site where the collected data can be viewed is http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/.
Link to NJDEP Web Site
(includes a slide show and announcements made by Assistant Commissioner Hahn)