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Muirlands students join World Water Monitoring Day at La Jolla Shores

Students get information about water quality at La Jolla Shores. Photo: Courtesy
Students get information about water quality at La Jolla Shores. Photo: Courtesy

Press Release

Muirlands Middle School students joined San Diego Coastkeeper and Sister Schools of San Diego for the 9

th

Annual World Water Monitoring Day on Friday at La Jolla Shores.

The event featured water quality educational activities for approximately 200 school children from San Diego and Tijuana and kicks off a student water-monitoring program in seven countries.

“World Water Monitoring Day allows students to join together and take a hands-on approach to understanding the value of clean water for people, plants and wildlife,” said Liz Hinkle, Director of San Diego Sister Schools. “Over 500 students in San Diego County and hundreds more around the world will use test kits to monitor water quality in rivers near their homes. Students will share their data with others around the world to illustrate the international importance of protecting water quality for which we are all responsible.”

During World Water Monitoring Day, students rotated through a number of interactive water education activities including Coastkeeper’s Water Quality Monitoring and Edible Aquifer, Think Blue, City of San Diego and I Love A Clean San Diego ‘s Watershed Models, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Ocean Acidification and the San Diego County Office of Education’s Green Machine.

Friday’s event kicked off with a welcome by speakers from San Diego Coastkeeper, Nigella Hillgarth of the Birch Aquarium and Ron Plotkin of Sister Schools of San Diego.

In addition to the students participating in the La Jolla event, more than 500 students across the county will use test kits to collect and analyze water samples in the coming months. Their water monitoring results will be shared with students around the world who are also participating in water quality monitoring in China, Japan, Poland, Turkey and Russia.

The other articipating schools in this year’s World Water Monitoring Day festivities included San Diego’s Perkins Elementary, Crawford Multimedia & Visual Arts, Hilltop High School, and Tijuana, Mexico’s Colegio Effel, Instituto Defensores de Baja California, Instituto, Juan Diego, and Instituto Metropolitano.