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Rivers of the World Foundation stemmed from the persuasion to revive the life and spirits of the Yamuna River for decades. Most of the wastewater generated in the urban and suburban cities in India is discharged to streams and rivers without appropriate treatment. Often the cost of wastewater treatment is prohibitive for many cities and municipalities. Reading an article about the death of 1700 people in 1987 due to cholera outbreak from drinking the Yamuna water lead to this persuasion by Subijoy Dutta. Mr. Dutta studied the use of various low-cost biological treatment systems for several years since the onset of his Yamuna River Cleanup Effort in 1992. A few other scientists and engineers, such as Dennis Haag, Dr. Matthew Perry, Dr. William Roper and others joined Dutta in years to follow after the initiation of this volunteer project. To that end, a demonstration scale system was developed in 2003/2004. This design for a small community system at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Kukatpally, Hyderabad has been modified later to meet the treatment needs of highly polluted discharges flowing into the Yamuna River near Delhi through the Barapullah and the Kotlah Drains. Question on Water Quality lead to a number of other related issues posed by Mr. Dutta and his team. While visiting with people living in the banks of the Yamuna and other rivers their cry and issues have been shared and reverberated. The issues were enormous.

The cry of the people living on the banks of Yamuna river bounced by the hard concrete wall, over and over again, lead this group of scientists to move on to other Rivers in India and other parts of the World resulting in the formation of Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation in 2009. Active assistance is provided by ROW Foundation in Philippines, China, and Nepal, other than India. Some of the remediation steps suggested by the team along with other experts from ROW Foundation, for the Marikina River, Iloilo River (Philippines), and Yamuna River (Gau Ghat area) were diligently followed, which has resulted in improvement in River water quality and local ecology and environment. We are working on controlling Environmental Pollution and preserving the natural environment is our prime objective.

We'd love to have your support in this effort.

Mission Statement

The primary objective of the Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation is to make all efforts to cleanup highly polluted Rivers in US, India, SE Asia, S. America, Africa, Europe, and Other Parts of the World.

Some of our major tenets:

  1. Evaluate the eco-environmental status of the major rivers and tributaries of the world, primarily the areas listed above.
  2. Identify ten Rivers initially which could be easily undertaken in the program to meet the primary objectives of the ROW foundation.
  3. Inform and involve the public in activities that foster the protection, enhancement, and establishment of clean rivers and sustainable development along the river banks and riparian areas.
  4. Identify, evaluate, and address threats to the biological, cultural, and economic components of conservation of the river and riparian areas.
  5. Acknowledge and promote the significance of the rivers, streams, and their adjacent riparian areas, including the effects on the ecosystem.
  6. Facilitate cooperation between private landowners, state and federal agency personnel, and other interested parties through a non-political forum concerned with area-wide needs of conservation of the river and riparian areas.
  7. Encourage voluntary participation of all potential partners to enhance and restore the biological, economic, and cultural wellbeing of the rivers and riparian areas through educational, technical, and financial involvement.
  8. Engage in any other charitable activity for which corporations may be organized under the General Corporation Code; provided, such activities fall within the purview of Section 501(c)(3).


March 22, 2021
January 18, 2021
Thematic paintings by Students- See the Award winning paintings
January 18, 2021
ROW program planning Annual Meeting 2020 - view the presentation
November 2, 2020
Recording of 2020 ROW Virtual Annual Meeting- View on the Cloud
November 2, 2020
Activities to Participate Now - Updated Paintings and other activities for WWD 2020
July 11, 2019
ROW Annual Meeting - October 25, 2019 Announcement and Free Registration
July 21, 2019
World Water Day (WWD) 2019 reports and pictures
March 23, 2019
World Water Day 2019 UN-ROW Banner - General PPTX Banner - Tailor to your Location Need
March 3, 2019
January 25, 2019
December 8, 2018
November 29, 2018
November 12, 2018
ROW Team Papers & Presentations in the 4th International River Summit, Philippines.
November 12, 2018
WWD-2018 Award Winning Team - Cheer'em Up!!! .
October 30, 2018
ROW Community Help - Engineering Analysis on Enclave Development in Crofton.
October 9, 2018
March 5, 2018
2018 January-ROW Efforts on India's Rivers and Water Pictures with short Report.
January 12-13, 2018
Announcement and Draft Agenda for Training Seminar in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
February 25, 2017
Water Testing/Monitoring by Students at a Himalayan School - recent Article.
February 21, 2017
March 22nd, 2018
World Water Day (WWD) 2018 activities with reports and pictures.
June 5th, 2015
Nepal visit for earthquake assistance - Pictorial Report.
July 10th, 2015
Nepal Relief Effort - school rebuilding assistance - see pictures and reports .

Consider Sponsoring Specific ROW Activities

You can contribute to any of the above activities by donating your volunteer time by contacing us at
and/or you can make tax deductible donation in US to support any of these activities (ROW Foundation's 501 C(3) information and EIN is at the bottom

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