Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2022) In celebration of World Water Monitoring Day on September 18, 2022, leading environmental education non-profit EarthEcho International is joining Xylem, a leading global water technology company, to help anyone take action to protect and restore critical water resources in their communities. New this year is a series of free virtual events for middle school classrooms and the launch of a “plogging” feature on that resulted from close collaboration with volunteers from Xylem Watermark, Xylem’s corporate citizenship program. In addition, EarthEcho partners and Water Challenge Ambassadors (see below) will host water monitoring events, beach cleanups and virtual events to engage communities and connect people to their local bodies of water.  

The World Water Monitoring Day events and activities are part of the signature EarthEcho Water Challenge program. The Water Challenge equips young leaders around the world to become community scientists, testing their local water quality, sharing their data through a global database at, and using this data to inform actions to protect local waters. To date, this program has activated over 1.6 million participants in147 countries with 50,000+ people taking independent actions to protect their waterways. The top users that upload their water quality and/or plogging data are highlighted on the Water Challenge Leaderboard.

 “The waterways that sustain our communities require our protection and stewardship to ensure that all people have access to clean healthy water,” EarthEcho International founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr.  “Each year we see more young people, communities and partners make the commitment to act for a clean water future. By taking part in World Water Monitoring Day activities and the Water Challenge, you can be part of the growing movement to secure that future.”

Monitoring Water Together Virtual Events

On September 20th-22nd, EarthEcho and Xylem will host Monitoring Water Together, three free virtual events for middle school classrooms featuring guest speakers who will share their experiences on water solutions, careers within the water industry and how to get involved in the Water Challenge.

  • Microplastics: The Big Little Problem In Our Waterways -September 20, 2022 from 1-2 PM (US Eastern Time)
  • Solving Water Together: Careers That Make a Splash -September 21, 2022 from 1-2 PM (US Eastern Time)
  • Taking Action with the EarthEcho Water Challenge -September 22,2022 from 1-2 PM (US Eastern Time)

Interested educators and students can learn more at:

Plogging for Water Web Portal

Plogging for Water is a new data entry feature in the EarthEcho Water Challenge web portal. Plogging—the act of picking up litter while jogging/walking/running—is a fun, healthy way to reduce plastic waste in our waterways. Through the portal, you can contribute data about the items collected, monitor your local waterways and protect the water resources in your community. From, click “Add Results,” then select “Add Plogging Data” to get started.


Water Challenge Ambassador Events

From September 17-24th,EarthEcho’s 36 Water Challenge Ambassadors, a network of young leaders across the country, will lead a series of community-based water monitoring events in18 locations. These events include beach cleanups, connecting with boy and girl scouts, implementing virtual class visits to present on water quality and collaborating with EarthEcho partners, including Xylem Watermark, to facilitate in-person water monitoring events near their local waterways. Please visit ( for a full schedule of this year’s events.

The EarthEcho Water Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Xylem, a leading global water technology company. A diverse group of global partner organizations collaborates with the EarthEcho Water Challenge on outreach, resources and events. Learn more about these partner organizations at  

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