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Streams receive stress from sewage and organic effluents, as per this study.

water samplingThis report by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) on water quality monitoring in Kerala covers all its forty four river basins. This is being done under the “Environmental Monitoring Programme on Water Quality” under which samples are being collected both from surface and groundwater sources.

Groundwater sampling stations were fixed after conducting a sanitary survey in the panchayats. Water Quality Information System is being developed using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to manage the water quality from point or non-point source of pollution.

In the first phase of the project, three river basins of Kerala viz. Kabbini, Periyar and Neyyar were monitored. The network was later expanded to basins such as Chaliyar, Kadalundi, Meenachil, Karamana, Anjarakandi, Pamba, Muvattupuzha, Bharatapuzha, and Chalakudy. 

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These reports present a replicable model for river basin management of intra-state rivers in India.

Pamba River BasinThe Pamba Pilot Project’s aim was to deliver “Policy Support to Integrated River Basin Management” and to contribute to the continuing EU-India policy dialogue in the water sector.

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Discussions were held by experts from various fields on the topic ‘Urban water issues in Kerala

Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) organised a panel discussion at Sasthra Bhavan on Saturday, 19th March 2011, in connection with the celebration of World Water Day which falls on March 22.

Speaking on the occasion, executive director of Suchitwa Mission Ajayakumar Varma said that the present generation is living under a false sense of water security. ‘’Those days are not far when our posterity will witness the shortage of water supply at its peak. Unfortunately, we seldom realise the gravity of the matter,’’ he said.

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