For the more information about water resources in the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/.


Rainy Lake at Voyageurs National Park. Photo: Geof Smith

Celebrating World Water Day 2013

World Water Day 2013

The National Park Service currently manages more than 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) of oceans, lakes, and reservoirs and more than 168 thousand miles (270 thousand kilometers) of perennial, intermittent, and ephemeral streams, rivers, and canals. As the NPS approaches its 100th year anniversary, A Call to Action describes specific goals and measurable actions to lead us into our second century. Action #37, Crystal Clear, asks us to work with partners to complete research, restoration, water management, and flow protection projects to ensure exemplary stewardship of all of those acres and miles of water resources.

The NPS Office of International Affairs helps parks achieve these goals through transboundary partnerships, sister park agreements, international volunteers, and more. The NPS also provides technical assistance through the Water Resources Division with expertise in protected area water management, fisheries, Wild and Scenic Rivers, water law, and interpretation for public understanding both internationally and at park units across the country.

March 22nd is World Water Day, an international initiative of the United Nations created to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The year 2013 has been declared the International Year of Water Cooperation. The objective is to raise awareness for opportunities to collaborate and challenges facing freshwater management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation, and services.

International NPS Water Initiatives

The National Park Service joins with groups and individuals around the world to celebrate World Water Day and highlight successful NPS international initiatives happening right now in our parks and with park staff—meeting the goals of international cooperation, A Call to Action, and the preservation of precious water resources.

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Bi-National Border Cooperation on the Rio Grande Learn more...

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Everglades-Pantanal Partner Park Initiative Learn more...

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park

Restoring and Maintaining Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystem Health at Voyageurs National Park through Bi-National Cooperation Learn more...

Sister Parks

Sister Parks

Partnering for long-term shared benefits Learn more...

U.S. Water Partnership

U.S. Water Partnership

The National Park Service is one of 40 members committed to working together for a water secure world Learn more...


Last Updated: March 19, 2013