UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers: Challenge 4~ Water-What’s your watershed?

March- let’s think about water…

doafrlogoMarch 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices to celebrate the world’s rivers and those who struggle to protect them. The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day to celebrate victories such as dam removal and river restoration. It is a day to take to the streets, demonstrate and demand improvements in the policies and practices of decision makers. It is a day to educate one another about the threats facing our rivers, and learn about better water and energy solutions. Above all, it is a day to unite – by acting together, we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local, but global in scope. (Cut from source; http://www.internationalrivers.org/international-day-of-action-for-rivers )

wwd2015-logoWater Day is marked on March 22nd every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day. World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year.

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. (Cut from source; http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en

Why am I sharing this with you?

UNLESS- Someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing will get better. It's not. From: The Lorax by Dr. Suess.
Please Click Image for UNLESS…Challenge Guidelines

Please look forward to a month of  wet challenges inspired by Action for Rivers and World Water Day.

To get started- Think about RIVERS and Streams …

What’s your watershed?

Dorothy Gale spoke the truth in The Wizard of Oz when she said, “There’s no place like home.”  We’ll start our month’s water adventures sticking close to home. Share a photo of a river or stream in your watershed, along with some of your thoughts or impressions about your watershed.

What is a watershed?  This information was cut from The International Rivers website:
  • Land and water are ecologically linked in a natural system called a catchment, drainage basin, or watershed. From the smallest droplet to the mightiest river, water works to shape the land, taking with it sediment and dissolved materials that drain to watercourses and, in most cases, eventually to the sea. So, too, is the river a product of the land it inhabits – the type of rock and soil, the shape of the land, the amount of rainfall and type of vegetation are some of the factors that determine the river’s shape, size and flow.
  • We all belong to a watershed (literally, an area of land that catches all the rain and directs it to a stream, river or lake). A watershed also includes all the humans, plants and animals who live in it, and all the things we have added to it such as buildings and roads. Everything we do affects our watershed – from washing clothes and growing food to mining, commercial farming, and building roads or dams. The reverse is also true: our watershed affects everything we do, by determining what kinds of plants we can grow, the number and kinds of animals that live there, and how many people and livestock can be sustainably supported by the land.
Not sure about your watershed?

Perhaps this link will help.  Check out Waterkeeper Alliance to find  major watershed groups.

UNLESS…Earth-friendly   month of March challenges will build on this week’s challenge!

I’m looking forward to seeing an interesting variety of photos as we share a look at the watershed rivers/ streams near our homes, and tell a little bit about them.

My Watershed: Tualatin River (McKay Creek Tributary)

My watershed is unique in an urbanized area. It is a zone of moderate quality wetlands. This portion of the watershed is seasonally flooded, and provides habitat for many species of animals and plants… including native and invasive varieties.

Your Watersheds: Check these out

Australia- An Evolving Scientist: Lane Cove River storm-water project

California- Lola Jane’s World: The Salinas River Watershed

Virginia- Woodland Gnome: Chickahominy River Watershed


    1. WG-
      Thank you for the complete and comprehensive walk through your watershed. I love having the ability to appreciate the complete system… to feel the water flow from homesite -> drainage gullies -> creek/pond -> rivers -> bay ->ocean.

      The connections some may take for granted, are not seen or appreciated by others. Posts like this can serve to help create natural science awareness. I think awareness is a foundational plank in building a bridge of knowledge and understanding.

      The reliance on these systems for life to thrive is demonstrated by all the beautiful photos and words you’ve selected to describe your watershed, WD. And… the reference to invasive species, sounds, and chemicals is important food for thought and action.

      I appreciate the time and care you put into this post- and am happy you’ve joined this challenge ❤

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        1. You are most welcome 🙂
          I’m working on the one for this week… almost done. This one will be about interference with the flow of water in watersheds.

          Your work in your watershed post will be great background if you have time to dive deeper this week!


          1. Thank you, Jane. I have a leaf filled ditch to go photograph right now… ;-( Sounds like an intriguing topic. I’ll watch for your post. Do you mind leaving a link in comments to my post? Thank you so much, E


  1. I love your Earth Friendly Friday and have noted it on my calendar, Jane. Wonderful gallery of spring images. I am truly amazed at how different it looks there than here. Way too early in March for that much growth… although I know everyone is loving the early end to winter. Giant hugs, WG

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    1. Lola Jane-
      “Learning something new.” Wouldn’t this be a great chain to build between participants in this challenge? One person learning something new- inspiring another person to learn something new- on and on… as we bridge understandings about our ecosystems. What concerns about water issues do we have in common? How are water-related problems approached within various watersheds? When problems are solved, how are solutions created, initiated, and achieved?

      Many of the containers of vegetables in my supermarket are from the Salinas Valley, but I haven’t thought about the watershed that sustains produce grown in California. Because you learned something new about your watershed, I learned from you; and now I know more about the river that gives life to many of the vegetables that I purchase to feed my family.

      Your quest to learn more about the tributaries that flow into the Salinas sounds interesting and worthwhile.



    1. Ken, awesome! The challenge goes to Australia! It’s insightful to have an opportunity to see an Australian watershed project. Interesting how the artificial course mimics the natural one. I wonder if time will allow them to both have similar habitat systems. The Lane Cove River watershed looks like a major system in your area.

      Too bad vandals obscure the interpretive signage. I wonder if a local scout or volunteer group would be interested in spray paint removal. In an ideal world, catching the vandals, and sentencing them to a nature-related seminar and cleanup team would be interesting. It’s troubling that so many people are oblivious to the natural world. What to do?

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  2. Wow Jane, I love the idea of tying “commemorative dates that celebrate ecological, environmental, and conservation- related issues and topics”. Aside from my blog post about the California drought, I have not looked into more information, and it will be interesting to learn about my local watershed. I’ll try to post something this week and also look forward to other water topics for the March challenges.


    1. Hi Lola Jane-
      I so appreciate your friendship and thoughts in this endeavor.

      I’m a “big picture” sort of person and like to know the overarching concept or idea so I can envision/understand how the parts fit. At first, I thought tying the challenge to a weekly environmental story would work… but that’s a bit too haphazard and random. The commemorative dates provide direction that still fit with environmental stories, but in a predictable way. Do you think that will help to better grow an interest in the challenge?

      The scope and sequence for the year is sketched out… take a look and let me know what you think, please.
      March: WATER (International Day of Action for Rivers, Water Day)
      April: SOIL (World Health Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day)
      May: BIODIVERSITY (World Migratory Bird Day, World Biodiversity Day)
      June: OCEANS, POLLINATORS, WIND (World Oceans Day, Pollinator Week, World Wind Day)
      July: DESERTIFICATION, DROUGHT (official day was in June, focusing this month instead to give it time topic deserves)
      August: TRADE-OFFS, SPECIES PROTECTION (World Elephant Day)
      September: ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP (Ozone Preservation Day, Water Monitoring Day)
      October: FOOD, HABITAT, CLIMATE ACTION (World Habitat Day, Day for Climate Action)
      November: SANITATION (Day for Preventing Exploitation of Environment, World Toilet Day)
      December: ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, SOIL (World Soil Day)

      Would you like to save your drought post for July?

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      1. Actually, I think you found the perfect vehicle and tie-in for this blogging challenge!

        As I look at your list for each month, what I see are topics that affect just about ALL of us, and I how lovely to see the word “WORLD” in almost every month. I believe your challenge is bound to grow in participation over time, and since the blogging community is world-wide, then your big picture thinking makes so much sense!

        I like that you have posted the topics…this will make regular participants keep this on their radar — especially that photographs convey so much. If photo bloggers have this seed in their mind, then we can be thinking about these issues and capturing images, to have ready to post when the topic arises.

        And yes, I will repost / update my California Drought post for your July challenge, as by then we will see if the winter rains made an impact, and have current data from NOAA.

        I’m really happy to have connected with you through our blogs, and to find a kindred spirit ❤ …


        1. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that our conversations will grow now that the challenge has a map. I was very excited that the idea to research viable earth friendly dates panned out so well. Many are connected to United Nations.

          I feel the same way about finding you as a kindred spirit, Lola Jane. I’m anxious to return to your blog to read more of your posts. (Now that UNLESS has a plan, I’m feeling so much less distracted by the “brain chatter” that’s been going through my head recently.)

          Thank you again for your feedback and ideas… All very appreciated.

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