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Chesapeake Bay -- The Site of First World Monitoring Day Event

Release Date: 10/10/2003
Contact Information:

EPA Contact: Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7824 /

Smithsonian Contact: Environmental Research Director Ross Simons 443-482-2205

(10/10/03) To celebrate the first World Water Monitoring Day, national, state and local officials will join local high school students on a water monitoring excursion on the Rhode River and the Chesapeake Bay. The students, who are enrolled in the Student Training in Aquatic Research (STAR) program at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland, will sample fish, plankton and water quality. The first World Water Monitoring Day will help educate people in all nations on the value of clean water and the role of water quality monitoring.

WHO: Acting EPA Administrator Marianne Horinko, President of America's Clean Water Foundation Roberta Savage, Smithsonian Undersecretary for Science David Evans, and Ross Simons, Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Students from C. H. Flowers High School in Prince George's County and South River High School in Anne Arundel County will also attend.

WHAT: World Water Monitoring Day Celebration monitoring and cruise with the EPA and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and students on a 41 foot NOAA coastal research vessel.

WHEN: Friday, October 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
          647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, Maryland


In recognition of the global importance of World Water Monitoring Day, Smithsonian will be webcasting the days events live on their web sites:

Reporters, photographers and film crews are invited to cover the event.
The day of the event contact Pamela Grant at 314-712-8234