Princeton Water Watch

A link between drinking water and child obesity
March 30, 2009, 10:56 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

“Adding school water fountains, distributing water bottles in classrooms and teaching kids about the health benefits of water can lower a child’s risk for becoming overweight, a new study shows.”

“School Water Fountains to Prevent Obesity”

New York Times Mar. 30, 2009

Students at schools in Germany were given water bottles that they could fill up at the beginning of each day. By the end of the year, students who attended schools that encouraged water drinking were 30 percent less likely to be overweight.


Cleaning up the Jersey Shore
March 30, 2009, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Events

Here are some photos from our latest beach cleanup last Saturday at Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore, about an hour’s drive from Princeton.

We found bags and bags of litter, including a pacifier, a baby doll’s foot, hundreds of bottle caps and dozens of …tampon applicators.









Keep an eye out for cleanups in the future.

Boston Water Party
March 30, 2009, 3:30 pm
Filed under: In the Press...


Activists cloaked in Colonial attire dumped bottled water from boats in the Boston Harbor to raise awareness of the wastefulness of bottled water. Their message was political: “When bottled water companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising to convince us that we can’t trust our tap water, they’re undermining the political will to maintain this crucial public resource.” 

You can check out the article at The Boston Globe. :

Similar protests were scene in Chicago in 2007 and were known as the Chicago Tea Party. Check out their video on You Tube.

Hold the Champagne
March 26, 2009, 9:58 pm
Filed under: In the Press...



mountain-top-removal1In a false alarm that excited many environmentalists, the E.P.A. was thought to have frozen all (200 or so) permits surrounding mountaintop removal mining. Unfortunately, Lisa Jackson had simply sent out two letters of concern to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the practice’s negative environmental impact. The Huffington Post reported the freeze, which was exchanged on listserves and by word of mouth, and would have been cause for celebration, had it not been quickly clarified.

For those of you who don’t know, mountaintop removal is a way of mining coal that does just that, chops a thousand feet off the top of the mountain and throws it in the river. This has serious, long-term impacts on the community and environment, from drastically harming the biodiversity of the waterways and mountain to millions of gallons of sludge that remain. Proponents of this method talk about the high-paying jobs and tax dollars it brings, which usually overpower voices of concern about the mine’s impact on the health of their town and the environment. 

Princeton University received a “D” on the Green Report Card for endowment transparency. There has been recent concern about workers rights at HEI Hotels and Resorts (not to mention Russell Athletics) and its link to mining operations has been questioned by some students. With so much support for creating a sustainable campus, we should make sure we don’t have any sludge on our hands.



For more information about the E.P.A.’s letters to the Army Corps of Engineers, visit:

To see Princeton’s grade on the “Green Report Card”, visit:

Beach Cleanup!
March 19, 2009, 2:36 pm
Filed under: Events


sandy-hook-boatBeach Cleanup at Sandy Hook
March 28th, 2009
10 AM

Water Watch will go to the Jersey Shore on Saturday, March 28th to cleanup the beautiful Sandy Hook State Park. We will meet at the South Lawn of Frist at 10, drive to the beach and remove trash and debris. We’ll provide transportation, gloves and brunch. As spaces are limited in the vans, respond as soon as possible if you are interested.

Please email Stephen at by Wednesday, March 25th with your name, phone number and email address.

Corporate Greening, Problems with Privatization
March 19, 2009, 2:33 pm
Filed under: In the Press...


Here are two interesting articles from this week. The first is about corporate greening, the second about problems with water privatization in Chile. 
Saving Every Last Drop

Chilean Town Withers in Free Market for Water

Hoboken Roof Gardens
March 12, 2009, 2:50 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

Lately, the Star-Ledger has been writing about various environmental efforts in New Jersey. Last week, they discussed the local Lee Turkey Farm’s controversial decision to install 360 solar panels on their 6th generation farm. A new Hoboken residential building has installed a green roof to reduce the building’s impact on runoff and to provide a bit of urban relief to its tenants.

To read more…