Press Release


Dr. Rich Eskin, Maryland Department of the Environment Director of Science Services Administration, Digital Harbor High School Students


Wednesday, October 21, 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


Docks between the Inner Harbor and the Maryland Science Center,
601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD


MDE staff will join approximately 45 Advanced Placement Biology and Environmental Science students to test water in the Inner Harbor and mark World Water Monitoring Day. By participating, Maryland students receive a hands-on experience in assessing the condition of their local environment and use some of the same basic tests used to assess, protect, and restore Maryland’s waters. Students will be able to view the results of their work on-line and compare their findings with those of other students. Participating in World Water Monitoring Day, supports the efforts of Maryland's Partnership for Children in Nature to create an environmental literacy plan for Maryland students, increase opportunities for structured outdoor learning and enhance school and community natural areas to enable more learning outdoors.

Reporters will be able to observe the students both from the dock and on the boat collecting water samples. Reporters will be able to interview the students, teachers, school staff, and Rich Eskin. Visuals will include students engaging in scientific study and the Inner Harbor.

World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. Results are shared with participating communities around the globe through the web site. World Water Monitoring Day recognizes the anniversary of the U.S. Clean Water Act. The Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association, plan to expand participation to one million people in 100 countries by 2012.