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13 December 2005 | Printer friendly

Sunny Day Foundation: organizing the first World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD)

"We would like to share with you what it was like to organize the first World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) in Bulgaria and the neighbouring Balkan countries for October 18, 2004.

It was done after receiving invaluable information from the USEPA. The Sunny Day Foundation (SDF) sent out preliminary information through the mass media and our website. There, we invited all our friends - volunteer monitoring groups, students, and members of public - to participate in the WWMD by testing the water of rivers, lakes, estuaries and other bodies of water.

We suggested monitoring the four key indicators of water quality: temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity; monitoring was carried out using analytical kits (provided free of charge).

The response was astounding. The enthusiasm being such that we decided to put on a variety of monitoring programs. During the monitoring process in the Balkan countries we covered the part of the lower reaches of the River Danube from the Serbian border to the port of Silistra on the Bulgarian-Romanian border; the valleys of the Arda, the Maritza, the Iskar and the Struma rivers; the Vitosha Mountains; the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea continental shelves; Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa and others."

(Irina Iordanova, Sunny Day Foundation, SDF)

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