For Immediate Release
August 29, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


KDHE Invites Kansans to Participate in World Water Monitoring Day

Kansas Aims to Remain #1 in the Country

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) invites Kansans to take part in World Water Monitoring Day on September 18, 2007. People worldwide are invited to experience water monitoring firsthand and learn about the conditions of their watersheds.

“KDHE encourages groups and organizations in Kansas to participate, with thousands of others around the world, by voluntarily sampling the water quality in your area,” said KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby. “This is a good time to stop and think about the importance of water quality in our every day lives, which is something most of us take for granted.”

In 2006, Kansas ranked first in the country for most water monitoring sites registered, and in 2007 the state is aiming to keep that number-one ranking. To accomplish this, the KDHE Watershed Management Section will be donating 100 water test kits to individuals, groups and organizations willing to test 15 sites each from September 18 through October 18. Each kit can test up to 50 sites. KDHE staff will be available to help groups and to serve as guides for those who join this effort.

Volunteers will perform four key water tests – dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity/clarity and temperature – and enter the results into a global database at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org. Data may be entered through December 18.

World Water Monitoring Day organizers have identified Kansas as “a wonderful example of how the goals of World Water Monitoring Day can ignite the collaboration of local officials, volunteers and citizens and increase citizen awareness.”

If you or your group would like to participate or receive more information, please contact Jaime Gaggero, 785-296-5579 or jgaggero@kdheks.gov, or visit the World Water Monitoring Day website at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org.

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