Media Advisory


Robert Summers, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment, MDE staff, Digital Harbor High School students


Wednesday, September 22 – 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Inner Harbor waterfront at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore


MDE staff will join approximately 45 Advanced Placement Biology and Environmental Science students to test the water in the Inner Harbor and mark World Water Monitoring Day. By participating, students receive a hands-on experience in assessing the condition of their environment and using 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.

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 Deputy Secretary Robert Summers. 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 on World Water Monitoring Day recognizes the anniversary of the U.S. Clean Water Act. The organizers, Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association, plan to expand participation to include one million people in 100 countries by 2012.