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.
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:
- Evaluate the eco-environmental status of the major rivers and tributaries of the world, primarily the areas listed above.
- Identify ten Rivers initially which could be easily undertaken in the program to meet the primary objectives of the ROW foundation.
- 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.
- Identify, evaluate, and address threats to the biological, cultural, and economic components of conservation of the river and riparian areas.
- Acknowledge and promote the significance of the rivers, streams, and their adjacent riparian areas, including the effects on the ecosystem.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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The Barak River flows on the north/northeast side of Silchar, Assam through a floodplain commonly known as the Barak Valley. It has been observed that during the past two decades the number of cancer cases in the area is increasing in significant proportion. Although, no particular cause of this increase have been positively identified, but exposures to chemicals that are Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxics (PBTs), and other such contaminants are likely factors contributing to this cause. To that end a reconnaissance of the Barak River was undertaken during February 3-5, 2011 where various intakes and discharges into the river were looked at and screening level measurements of water quality were conducted at various points to look into the changes in water quality between various intakes and discharges.More
In response to a request from property owners Victor and Holly Wooten, Subijoy Dutta, PE, environmental engineer and Dick Lahn, stormwater management consultant, of Rivers of the World Foundation, visited the 150 acre site on Duck River near Only, Tennessee on August 8, 2009. The site visit was made during a nature camp by Victor Wooten and other naturalists who believed in harmonizing the music with nature. The Wooten’s issues/concerns are erosion of the Duck River bank creating sediment and threatening the River House; the quality of the water in the river and possible impact on the endangered species.More
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On December 19, 2011 Ilonggo Senator Franklin M. Drilon has reported to the local business community and community leaders his short and long-term plans regarding the Iloilo River development projects. In his briefing to the press and business sector in Iloilo City, Drilon, supported by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, itemized the projects to be undertaken until 2016. This event reflects the health of the Iloilo river watershed now, the progress it made in the past 5 years, and the where it should be 5 years from now.....More
Yamuna River Gokul
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Yamuna River Gau-Ghat, Agra
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In 2010 we identified a few potential areas of assistance to improve and protect the water quality of the Yangtze River, China. We worked diligently with our primary coordinator, Ms. Zhao Hong in Wuhan city. As a follow up to our continued activities from 2010, we visited Wuhan City, China in 2013 and conducted water testing and monitoring of the Yangtze River in Wuhan City and upstream at various points till Yichang, near 3-Gorges Dam, about 420 Kms west of Wuhan City.
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ROW volunteers from Wuhan City also organized a river workshop at a local college on January 19th, 2013. There was overwhelming interest amongst the participants. A number of students, faculties, and recent graduates spoke at the event.