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March 23, 2012
WEF, IWA Celebrate World Water Day by Announcing Winners of
Third Annual World Water Monitoring Challenge™ Awards
Recognized as “Water Champions”, winners participated in the 2011 monitoring period
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In celebration of World Water Day 2012, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) proudly announce the winners of the thirdannualWorld Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC)Water Champion Awards.Today also marks the start of the program’s 2012monitoring period that will run through December 31, 2012.
Initiated in 2009, the WWMCWater Champions Awards recognizeprogram participants for outstanding achievement in boosting awareness of water quality issues.Winners are chosen by a subcommittee of the WWMCregional panel of judges, which is composed of water industry professionals from around the world.
Water Champion awards recognize superior levels of relevance, educational effort, support, and innovation in the promotion of water quality through the WWMC program. The 2011 winners, announced today, include:
Pedagogic In-Service Training Programme (Group, Cameroon) and Water and Youth International Africa (Group Runner-up, Kenya)
Natural Environmental Education and Research Foundation (Group, India) and Woodie Muirhead (Individual, Myanmar)
Gold Coast WATERWATCH (Group, Australia)
School № 12, Kirovo-Chepetsk (Group, Russian Federation) and Nilgün Erentay(Individual, Turkey)
Global Sports Alliance(Group, Cuba) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (Group Runner-up, United States)
SEINCO (Group, Uruguay) and Rosa Maria de Sousa Santos (Individual, Brazil)
Award recipients will receive a commemorative plaque and WWMC materials of their choosing up to a value of US $750 for groups and US $500 for individuals and group runners-up. Items selected may include any combination of water monitoring equipment, relevant resources, or promotional materials.
Coordinated by WEF and IWA, WWMC is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. The annual program connects citizens with their local water bodies through a series of simple, hands-on monitoring tests.
Nearly340,000 people on six continents participated in the 2011 program.WWMC receives financial and in-kind support from the primary sponsors including the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Xylem Inc., and Smithfield Foods.
For more details about the award winners and how to participate in WWMC2012, please visit www.MonitorWater.org. For more details about World Water Day and this year’s commemorative activities, please visitwww.WorldWaterDay.org.
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. www.wef.org
The International Water Association (IWA) is a global network of water professionals that spans the continuum between research and practice, covering all facets of the water cycle. IWA membership comprises 10,000 individuals and 400 corporate members, working in 130 countries. The Association seeks to connect water professionals worldwide to lead the development of effective and sustainable approaches to water management. www.iwahq.org