Princeton Water Watch

Summer Projects
July 20, 2009, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Events


Just to update everyone on what Princeton Water Watch is doing this summer, here’s a summary.

Mural Project:

Water Watch is teaming up with artist Leon Rainbow of Trenton and Dean Innocenzi of TerraCycle  to complete a mural that shows the importance of water in our daily lives, encouraging a new generation to protect our local waterways.

Titled Water Makes the World Go ‘Round, the 30’x9′ mural will be at a community park in Trenton.

We also hope to work with kids on a smaller mural at the Riverside Community School in Trenton later in the month.

We will be having a benefit show with six bands on Wednesday, August 5th from 7-9 at Small World Cafe in Princeton, NJ.

Environmental Education:    WE  LOVE  A (clean) WATER CYCLE

Louise is teaching kids of all ages fun lessons about the environment at local summer camps. Last week campers made crinkled paper watersheds with spots of pollution (black marker dots). When we sprayed water on them, the campers could see the pollution meander through the crinkles and settle in the lowest points, or the bottom of the watershed. Very fun!


One of seven sites around the state, Princeton Water Watch will be hosting a bluegrass – breakfast river cleanup on Saturday, August 8th at 10 A.M. at Aussunpink Park in Trenton, NJ. This will be part of the statewide Summer 2009 Water Watch effort, Riverpalooza. Email Laura at if you can make it!

Videos and Podcasts:

Laura worked with the Student  Environmental Communication Network at Princeton University to create a podcast about water quality in Lake Carnegie and a video project about the Delaware River. Both are in progress and will be up on this website within the next few weeks.


Inspiring Ideas
July 16, 2009, 5:37 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

This week, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times featured charity:water, an organization started by a self-proclaimed narcissist who woke up one morning and decided he wanted to “make a difference.” Kristof’s article, Clean, Sexy Water, features charity:water’s founder, Scott Harrison, who ventured to western Africa to photograph Mercy Works, a Christian aid group, and ultimately realized that what people really needed was basic, clean water. 

Mr. Harrison’s history is a truthful, inspiring story of how an average person can use his or her skills and motivationto make a charitable program successful. Take a look at his website and you’ll see what we mean. 

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Green Government Decision Making
May 12, 2009, 6:00 pm
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Why use tax dollars to pay for water? New York’s governor recently decided to phase out bottled water from the government’s budget. How’d it get in there, anyway?

Read more in the NYTimes City Room blog.


How Much Water?
April 30, 2009, 8:31 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm spoke today about the practicalities, as a business owner, of sustainability. At the end of the lecture, he mentioned the WWF  questioning of “How much water is [actually] in a latte?” Most people will say 12 oz, but the total water costs are much greater. 

Several Water Watch members have brought this up in group discussions about water conservation on campus, and how we should increase awareness of total production costs on campus

More Mountain Memos
April 28, 2009, 10:39 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

Ken Salazar, secretary of the interior, has revisited the mountaintop removal issues. The administration is calling the Bush administration’s legislation defective and, essentially, useless for protecting waterways from the devastation caused by mountaintop removal. 

As reported in the NY Times, “The so-called stream buffer zone rule simply doesn’t pass muster with respect to adequately protecting water quality and stream habitat that communities rely on in coal country,” Mr. Salazar said. 

NY Times Article

5K for the Watershed Association
April 28, 2009, 8:41 pm
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Water Taste Test
April 22, 2009, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Events, In the Press...


Happy Earth Day! Today we’re celebrating with all of the environmental groups in Frist Campus Center. Water Watch will be conducting a “water taste test” to see  if people can tell the difference between bottled water and the filtered tap water available on campus. For those who pledge to stop using plastic water bottles, they can enter a drawing for one of six steel water bottles.

Steph Hill also managed to remove plastic water bottles from the the campus’s  refrigerators’ shelves and replaced them with signs that explain their detrimental environmental impacts. 

This weekend the Times took a critical look at the action we are propagating, to use a reusable, aluminum bottle. They found that  if you use a stainless steel bottle in place of 50 plastic bottles, the climate is better off. For those of us who grab a bottle of water daily, that means if you keep a steel bottle at your desk or in your purse, in less than two months the CO2 costs of the plastic bottles exceed the steel. Just don’t loose it!

This article makes an important point: there are hidden environmental costs in everything we buy. It takes 1400 steps to produce the stainless steel for a water bottle. Think about what it would take to build a car.

Remember, reduce is the first step.