Princeton Water Watch

General Interest Meeting
February 11, 2009, 3:35 pm
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It’s Time… to Volunteer

Frist 302

Tuesday, February 17th 

7:30 PM

This is a one-time meeting where each intern will give prospective volunteers and overview of the project they are working on. Come hear about what we’re doing this semester, and if you’re interested, sign onto the project you’re most interested in!


Film Screening: FLOW
February 10, 2009, 4:50 pm
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Frist 302
8 P.M.
Friday the 13th

Join us for this year’s “scariest film at Sundance.” We’ll be showing flow and providing treats on Friday the 13th at Frist Campus Center, Room 302. With loads of prizes and nominations (and a critics pick of the NYT), Flow promises to make you think twice.

“Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.”

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities!
February 10, 2009, 4:43 pm
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Join us this Spring! Take a leadership role by leading one of the projects below or volunteer! To apply for an internship, contact Laura at before Friday the 13th.


River-Friendly Business

Sign Princeton University onto a program that recognizes its environmentally responsible actions, finds where it can make improvements and promotes solutions to other universities and communities. Act as a liaison between the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and the university’s staff, researching unknown information to complete the application and determining areas for improvement.


River-Friendly Residents

Work with the stream monitors to find a local at-risk waterway. Use the framework of the Watershed Association’s “River-Friendly Residents” program to canvass the area and signup residents. You’ll increase awareness about each household’s impact on the waterway and play a direct part in improving it.



Find two at-risk waterways (one on-campus and one off-campus) to monitor weekly, completing visual and chemical stream analyses. Collaborate with the River-Friendly Program to determine its influence on the university’s and residential area’s water quality.


Education, Princeton

Contact local schools to arrange lessons, train volunteers and teach classes about the environment to kids. Work with a naturalist from the D&R Canal to create lesson plans, develop a professional relationship with Princeton Regional Schools and organize volunteers from the university to teach fun, hands-on classes.


Education, Trenton

Contact Trenton’s schools to arrange lessons, train volunteers and teach classes about the environment. Work with a naturalist from the D&R Canal to create lesson plans, develop a professional relationship with the Trenton schools and organize volunteers from the university and the Isles YouthBuild program to teach fun, hands-on classes to kids.


Lecture Series

Organize a four-part lecture series that approaches environmental topics from diverse angles. Find the lecturers, the sites and organize the logistics for each event. Work with the media and visibility team to promote the series.


Earth Day

Collaborate with local community groups and campus organizations to make plans for Earth Day 2009 (April 22nd). Use your imagination and host anything from panel discussions to tree planting, musical performances to art projects. Generate awareness about environmental issues, including water quality, with leaders from the university and greater Princeton community.



Work with local and campus organizations to organize cleanups and restoration efforts. You will determine the locations, schedule the activities and while involving other groups to participate. Last year WW participated in a beach cleanup, a canoe cleanup on Carnegie and this year we would like to add an additional site in Trenton.


Media and Visibility (2-3 positions)

Work with a team to explore the best ways to get Water Watch’s projects the most visibility, thus increasing awareness. This will involve contacting different media sources, creating interactive on-campus events and getting the word out about projects and volunteer opportunities through new and traditional media forms.





Hello world!
February 10, 2009, 4:33 pm
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What We Do
New Jersey has many spectacular rivers and coastlines, from the Delaware River to the southern Jersey shore. Unfortunately, nearly eighty percent of our rivers, lakes, and streams are too polluted for fishing or swimming.

New Jersey Community Water Watch is a joint program between AmeriCorps and the NJPIRG Law and Policy Center. Water Watch works to empower students and community members to address water quality problems in New Jersey’s urban areas through education and service.

We have three major program areas that we use to address water quality problems.

River Cleanups
New Jersey Community Water Watch works to remove trash and debris from riverbanks while raising community awareness of local water quality issues through community waterway cleanups. Cleanups deliver immediate results to the waterway, but also provide a hands-on opportunity to engage volunteers in making a difference in their own community. Each year, Water Watch AmeriCorps members recruit thousands of community volunteers and college students at each site to help organize and attend cleanups across the state.

Stream Monitoring
New Jersey Community Water Watch is dedicated to serving as the eyes and ears of local waterways across the state. Water Watch AmeriCorps members at each site work with volunteers, community organizations, and local and state governments to provide much-needed research about the health of our state’s waterways. We recruit volunteers to collect samples out in the field so that government programs can test for various types of pollution. We also work to map local waterways and identify sources of pollution.

Environmental Education
New Jersey Community Water Watch educates and trains college students, children, and community members about the state of local water quality and the steps that people can take to make an impact in their community. Water Watch AmeriCorps members and volunteers organize campus and community-wide educational forums and conduct hands-on educational programs for K-12 students.

You can find the information above and more at our main site: