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Fresh Waterways Cleanup

For many decades, human industrial activity has polluted nearby lakes, rivers and streams.  There are many examples on every continent.  Some of that pollution has had serious local health and economic effects; all such pollution harms the plant and animal life in those bodies of water. In recent years, initiative have been launched in various countries to restore and protect fresh waterways.  Where are those programs and projects and how can modern project management contribute to those efforts?  This section of the PM World Library is intended to provide access to a few resources for those who want to learn more or help.


Information about Pollution of Fresh Waterways



Initiatives, Programs, Projects



Mwanuzi, F. L., Abuodha, J. Z., Muyodi, F.J., Hecky R.E. (2005): Lake Victoria Environment Management Project (LVEMP): water quality and ecosystems status, posted in the South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) repository in November. Available online at http://repository.seku.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456789/739/Gikuma-Njuru_Lake%20Victoria%20environment%20management%20project%20...PDF?sequence=1&isAllowed=y  (Ogutu)



NOAA Restoration Atlas - Since 1991, the NOAA Restoration Center has supported restoration projects across the United States. Through the Restoration Atlas, visitors can access nearly 30 years’ worth of habitat restoration work—spanning wetlands, rivers, oyster beds, coral reefs, and more. You can view project information by browsing the map or filtering by topics such as location, habitat type, or restoration technique. Learn more at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/explore-thousands-habitat-restoration-projects-noaa-restoration-atlas


National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - A U.S. federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, ocean, and coast, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. NOAA’s mission to better understand our natural world and help protect its precious resources extends beyond national borders to monitor global weather and climate, and work with partners around the world. NOAA holds key leadership roles in shaping international ocean, fisheries, climate, space and weather policies. Learn more at https://www.noaa.gov/


Papers, Reports, Studies

Ganga River Basin Environment Management Plan: Interim Report (2013). Report produced by a consortium of 7 IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) in collaboration with multiple government bodies. The Ganga in India is one of the world’s longest rivers with religious values attached to it. Water of the river has been contaminated in recent decades by industrial waste and sewage. The report underscores the need to clean the contaminated river water and basin and describes key features of the Ganga Basin, including its hydrology, geology, wetlands, geomorphology and biodiversity.  The report further elaborates a conceptual framework for use by policymakers to design public policy, also offering recommendations. Available online at http://mowr.gov.in/sites/default/files/GRBEMPInterimReport_2.pdf (Gogate)




Articles, Blogs, Expert Opinions




Educational Multi-Media Lectures, Presentations, Videos



Other Resources

Plugging the data gap: Google, European Commission's Joint Research Centre and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app (2019) - A story on UN Environment website on March 11th announcing that the UN Environmental Programme along with Google and European Commission’s Joint Research Centre had unveiled a web-based platform to monitor global freshwater ecosystems. Available online at https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/plugging-data-gap-google-european-commissions-joint-research-centre-and-un (Gogate)



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This section of the library created January 2018