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Water Resources

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World Water Day
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Online Petition to Adopt Article 31
Ask the United Nations to add a new article to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizing a fundamental right to water.

WaterCalculator Tools

Calculate Your Water Footprint
An interactive tool designed to help you figure out how much water you use, how you use it and how you can use less.


Global Water Partnership
A working partnership of those involved in water management including: government agencies, public institutions and private companies. Extensive region-based water information and a library of publications.

H20 Conserve
H2O conserve is a web-based project that offers tools and knowledge that enable individuals to make water conservation part of their everyday lives. Sponsored by ICCR, GRACE, Food & Water Watch, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.

International Water Resources Organization
An interdisciplinary organization focused on promoting the sound management of water resources around the world through research and education. Link to the journal, Water International.

Running Dry
A public information/education project to raise awareness regarding the global water crisis including a new documentary, "Running Dry."

Stockholm International Water Institute
A policy institute aimed at promoting sound water policy. Well organized list of links and publications.

Waiting for Water
Waiting for Water is an ecumenical network of Christians who recognize that millions of people around the world are still waiting for access to safe water. We provide free resources for churches and individuals to participate in The Easter Journey.

WASH Advocates
A network of nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing American support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation. Resources for advocacy and extensive list of nongovernmental organizations working on water issues.

Water 1st International
A US based nonprofit working around the world on committed to sustainable, community-focused solutions to water issues.

An international nongovernmental organization dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. Thorough website including news, policy analyses, and activities for children.

The Water Page
An independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of sustainable water resources management and use with an emphasis on the development and protection of water in developing regions. Good background information with links to policy and environmental organizations.

Water Partners
A U.S. based nonprofit working around the world on sustainable water supplies. Link to a curriculum for elementary and middle-school teachers.

Water and Sanitation Program
Administered by the World Bank, this network of development organizations is working to alleviate poverty by increasing sustained access to water and sanitation services. Good resource of background information by country.

Water Use it Wisely
Nearly 400 towns, cities, states, utilities, and private and public organizations have adopted the Water - Use It Wisely campaign, making it one of the largest conservation educational outreach programs in the world.

World Water Council
A nongovernmental organization working to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels. A primary website for background information including policy analysis and current news.

Water Web Consortium
A web-based consortium aimed at promoting the sharing of information about water related issues. An excellent website with the premier database of links to organizations working on water issues.


Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS) Water
Provides scientifically-sound data and information on the state and trends of global inland water quality required as a basis for the sustainable management of the world's freshwater to support global environmental assessments and decision-making processes.

A United Nations sponsored organization focused on human rights for children including water and sanitation. An easy to navigate website with links to water statistics and various publications.

UN Millennium Development Goals
UN Goals aimed at reducing global poverty.

UN Water
The official UN mechanism for follow-up of the water-related decisions reached at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. federal agency working around the world to improve access to safe and adequate water supply and sanitation.

Water: H2O = Life
Resources from the American Museum of Natural History exhibit on water.

Water for Life
In 2003 the UN proclaimed the years 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life'. The primary goal is to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015.

Water for People, Water for Life
The UN World Water Development Report published by World Water Assessment Programme

World Health Organization, Water and Sanitation Health
United Nations agency focused on the reduction of water and waste related disease. Many good publications on water and sanitation policy.

rint Materials

Barlow, Maude.  Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water.  New Press, 2008.

Barlow, Maude and Tony Clarke. Blue Gold. The New Press, 2002.

Catholic Bishops of the Northwest. Columbia River Pastoral.

Gasteyer, Stephen. "Water Conflict, Resources Management and Resolution: Trust, Tools, Technology and Politics," 2009. An excerpt of this article appears in the Spring 2009 issue of A Matter of Spirit.

Gleick, Peter. The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources, 2002-2003, vol. 3. Island Press, 2003.

Lohan, Tara. Water Consciousness.  AlterNet Books, 2008.

Pearce, Fred.  When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century.  Beacon Press, 2007.

Shiva, Vandana. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit. South End Press, 2002.

Ward, Diane Raines. Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly, and the Politics of Thirst. Riverhead Books, 2002.

White, Richard. The Organic Machine: the Remaking of the Columbia River, 1995.

World Health Organization/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation. Water for Life: Making it Happen. WHO Press, 2005

For Young People

Downstream Pulitzer Gateway
Online portal connecting students and journalists on the ground in East Africa.

Educating Young People about Water. A database of 151 water-related curricula.

Unicef's Voices of Youth
An excellent site with activities and action ideas for young people.

Water Busters! Seattle Public Utilities water conservation game for kids

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Flow: How Did A Handful of Corporations Steal Our Water?
Documentary investigation into The World Water Crisis. It builds a case against privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with a focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Flow also shows the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis, including new technologies.
84 min. $23.99

Poisoned Waters
This film examines the growing hazards of water pollution to human health and the ecosystem, revealing that stormwater runoff, consumer products, and agricultural waste threaten both human health and the environment. Teacher's Guide and Discussion Questions available. 1hr 53 min. Free online or $24.99 from

Running Dry
A documentary illustrating the world's water crisis. 81 min. $29.95

The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?
Featuring narration from Jane Seymour, “The American Southwest:  Are We Running Dry?” is a definitive look at how the water crisis affects the American Southwest states and its escalating economic toll.

Stories of communities in Japan, Bolivia, India and the U.S. that are asking fundamental questions as water becomes the most valuable commodity of the 21st century.
62 min. $29.95

Water for Life
Tells the epic story of the Great Lakes by following the cascade of its water from northern Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, through the lives of some of the 35 million people who rely on the lakes for survival. Free interactive online video.

Secondary Resources

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

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