2010 Water Champions
Zimbabwe National Water Authority
The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA), in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Culture, went beyond simply giving local schools tasks: they went out to review the progress. ZINWA enabled pupils and teachers to monitor river sources and encouraged future participation from students through recognition and WWMD incentives.
Mr. Neakoh Mengyi
Mr. Mengyi showcased WWMD on the East Coast of Kenya and was able to establish a partnership with the In-Service Training Programme (ISTP). Now with the new partnership, Mr. Mengyi is able to roll out WWMD in a more effective way in Cameroon for over 450 ISTP teachers.
SMK Teloi Kanan Nature Club
The SMK Teloi Kanan Nature Club has been acknowledged for their efforts by winning many awards for their water-related projects at a national level. Such recognition has taken them to countries such as Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Korea, and Thailand to conduct WWMD testing.
National Environmental Education and Research Foundation
NEER Foundation introduced the WWMD program and outreached to 2,000 stakeholders in 2010. It has outreached to about 4,000 schoolchildren and 1000 civil society organizations from 34 different districts in seven states.
Seqwater/SEQ Water Grid
The SEQ Water Grid Water Education program began two years ago and since then has helped over 30,000 students and coordinated monitoring of 25 sites from across the southeast corner of Queensland.
Escola Secundária de Vilela
The Secondary School of Vilela brought community and local media attention to their 10 monitoring sites in 2010. Content was written by students in their Young Reporters for the Environment club.
Mr. Igor Prokofyev
Through his initiative, Mr. Igor Prokofyev was able to receive water monitoring participation from approximately 130 schools from different regions in Russia. He also founded the "WWMD Network" in Russia, which aims to improve the ecological situation in the country.
Cedarbrook Middle School
Beginning with WWMD, students identified water-related issues facing the community and designed and implemented plans to improve the quality of their local watershed. This effort yielded many projects, including this year’s Riparian Buffer Restoration project.
Ms. Kathy Reynolds
Through her networking, Ms. Reynolds and her school were able to speak about their adopted 1.5 mile section of the Los Angeles River and their water projects in front of President Obama at an environmental listening session at Occidental College.
For the first time, Bolivia participated in the WWMD initiative with thirty eighth-grade students from Domingo Savio Public School in Sucre. The monitoring activities are now included as a complementary activity to reinforce previous knowledge as part of an environmental and hygiene educational campaign with the Ministry of Environment and Water.
Through WWMD, students realized that treatment and sewage in their community was an issue in their neighborhood. They have now implemented programs such as "Eco Soap Shop" and cistern installation as a part of their conservation activites.