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Fresh water

Water is essential to life on Earth and it's up to us to protect it

Our freshwater resources are in crisis. Tackling that problem starts with understanding the health of these critical ecosystems.

Earthwatchers are collecting environmental information on an unprecedented scale, helping us uncover what causes freshwater quality to decline and ecosystems to degrade.

WHY IT MATTERS

In just 40 years,
freshwater species populations suffered a
76
%
decline
More people die from poor quality water annually than from
all forms of
violence,
including war
One litre of petrol spilt can contaminate
a million litres
of fresh water to below WHO standards
for drinking
water
Toxic
algal
blooms
are damaging fisheries, ecosystems and human health

WHAT WE'RE DOING

Understanding water health

More than 9,000 Earthwatchers have collected water samples from over 3,000 ecosystems worldwide.

Helping water management

Developed in collaboration with leading research institutes and partners, our platforms allow water data to be shared with others.

Volunteer opportunities

During Water Blitz events, volunteers collect as many water samples as they can in 24 hours, providing a snapshot of water health on that day.

GET INVOLVED

FreshWater Watch

Help protect your local pond, river or stream. Join thousands of people around the world investigating the health of freshwater ecosystems on a scale never seen before.

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Experts

Luigi Ceccaroni

Exploitation and Dissemination Manager

Wim Clymans

Research Manager

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Steven Loiselle

Senior Research Manager

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Luis Velasquez

Project Coordinator

PARTNERSHIPS

EXPEDITIONS

Our fresh water expeditions

An Earthwatch expedition could take you as far afield as wetlands in Mexico or the Peruvian Amazon.

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Images: iStock/mel-nik, iStock/Oppdowngalon, iStock/Oksana Stepova, Jay Ortiz, John Hunt

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