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Victoria Falls, between Botswana and Zambia.   © Alison M. Jones

Call to Action from NWNL: To become involved in providing solutions to water needs, locally or globally, see our Watershed Aid and Solutions list. Remember – it’s too late to be a pessimist!

“No matter what the issue is, it has to be handled at the grass roots. When you take part in something, even though that movement may lose, the juices start flowing and you feel you count.” — Studs Terkel

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” — Jacques Cousteau, underwater explorer


American Museum of Natural History – New York City: This site contains the information that is presented in the Museum’s exhibit, “Water: H2O = Life,” and thus is a handy resource for educators.

American Rivers works to improve the health of rivers and communities nationwide, including issues of dams, water pollution, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreation.

AquaStat: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has posted on this site 141 country profiles, 5 regional overviews and 8 river basin overviews describing the state of the water resources and water use, as well as the state of agricultural water management in each of them. he aim is to describe the particularities of the country, region and river basin and the problems met in the development of the water resources and, in particular, irrigation.

Elephant Ecosystems: Here’s an educational video by Trunks & Leaves and Untamed Science about the importance of elephants for their ecosystems, and why it matters for all of us. Educatiors and conservationists are encouraged to download the stand-alone animation and transcript and translate it into their language of choice.

Blue Living Ideas: This comprehensive water-focused Web resource provides information, tips, news, and events related to Earth’s most precious resource. It offers daily news on clean drinking water, water conservation tactics and products, water heating systems, bottled water, water purification and filtration, ocean conservation and protection, water-related technologies, worldwide water politics and economics, and much more.

Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment, Fleming College: This Canadian focus on Alternative Water (Sewage) Treatment promotes constructed wetlands and other innovative forms of wastewater treatment through applied research, education, and demonstration projects.

Freshwater Ecoregions of the World (FEOW): FEOW was set up by WWF and TNC to provide comparative watershed information regarding surface water threats and species. FEOW has narrowed water quality and availability threats down to: the human footprint, urban land-cover, large cities, irrigation, converted lands, and surface water extraction.

Global Footprint Network: The vision of this international think tank is to make the Ecological Footprint as prominent a metric as the Gross Domestic Product. This resource accounting tool can measure how much nature we have, how much we use and who uses what; and thus ecological limits can become more central to decision-making.

National Fish Habitat: Offering a detailed national assessment online of fish habitat across the entire United States, NFH’s Action Plan is built on locally–driven efforts to build self-identified, self-organized and self-directed private and public partnerships to improve fish habitat.

The Institute of Ecotechnics – UK: This Institute facilitates field research for students, artists and public seeking ecological experience in rainforests, coral reefs, savannahs, and deserts; development of agriculture, wastewater, air purification, and closed life system technologies; participation in cultures, art and theatre; book publications, and workshops, programs and conferences furthering awareness of Ecotechnics.

Project WET provides online water education to children, parents, educators and global communities to promote awareness and stewardship of water resources. Their interactive, online tool for students ages 5–18 contains links to watersheds games and water-saving actions children can take.

Quail Springs Permaculture fosters ecological health and social harmony by connecting people, food, shelter, energy, and water. Courses in Applied Watershed Restoration are held at their base in Ojai, CA.

Surf Your Watershed: This site offers environmental information about individual watersheds.

UNDP – Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resources Management (Cap-Net): CapNet provides resource, training materials and networking in IWRM.

The Water Cycle: This website has a downloadable diagram of the natural water cycle and discusses each of the 15 topics on the diagram.

UN Water Events: Upcoming global events focusing on water events with dates, locations and descriptions.

Watershed Encyclopedia: This site has an alphabetically searchable listing of hundreds of terms related to watershed science, research and stewardship.

Worldwatch Institute: Provides information on links between the world economy and environmental support systems via blogs, press, programs and more.

[Updated February 24, 2016]