EarthEcho International, the environmental education and youth leadership organization founded by explorer and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau Jr., is helping support the efforts of Walsingham Academy to empower the next generation of water scientists and stewards with a donation of water quality test kits through the EarthEcho Water Challenge. These test kits will enable young people working with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to sample the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for a core set of water quality parameters including temperature, pH (acidity), turbidity (clarity) and dissolved oxygen (DO).
The EarthEcho Water Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens in conducting basic monitoring of their local water bodies and equips them with the tools to take action to protect their water resources.
Program participants will share their water quality data through the EarthEcho Water Challenge global database, contributing to a network of water quality data collected by 1.5 million citizens from more than 140 countries. They will ultimately utilize this data to help inform actions to protect local water resources.
Walsingham Academy was selected to receive this donation from dozens of applications received from around the world.