“Leaving no one behind” was the theme for World Water Day (WWD) 2019. WWD is coordinated annually by the United Nation and observed on March 22nd to highlight the issues affecting freshwater resources globally.

On Friday March 22nd, 2019, the National Environmental Days Commemoration Committee (NEDCC) executed a water quality monitoring exercise at the Peter’s Hope beach with ten (10) Third Form students of the Central Leeward Secondary School. The exercise was facilitated by Ms. Alicia Martin, Fisheries Officer - Quality Assurance and Product Development Unit of the Fisheries Division, and Mr. Andrew Lockhart, Superintendent of Marine and Terrestrial Parks, Mr. Sternley Walker, Park Ranger and Mr. Shemron Williams, Technical Officer, of the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA).

Mr. Lockhart gave the formal introduction, while Messrs Martin, Walker and Williams facilitated the practical aspect of the exercise. The students were given a first-hand experience in using the YSI® Professional Handheld Meter and the LaMotte® Testing Kit. These two pieces of equipment are crucial to our regular WQM exercise at selected beaches, rivers and recreation parks under the ambit of the NPRBA, as they provide information on important water quality parameters such as temperature, pH, dissolve oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, phosphate and nitrate.

The activity to commemorate WWD 2019 locally was aimed at fostering awareness among the students on the importance and reasons for WQM as well as the practical applications of WQM in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.