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Waterkeeper Alliance Online Editor ADMIN March 23, 2011
Greeting! Remember that the Water & Urbanization group is not only accepting photos on World Water Day. We want to keep the story of urban water issues alive every day, so keep posting items based on our theme!

Group Description

Waterkeeper Alliance has set up this group so that people around the world can share the photos they’ve taken that say something about the complex relationship that exists between water and our ever-growing cities. The group maintains three goals: (1) to celebrate the ‘Water and Urbanization’ theme informing week-long observance of 2011 United Nations World Water Day (March 22, 2011), (2) to raise awareness about the special challenges of protecting and maintaining clean water in an urban context and (3) to promote the work of Waterkeeper organizations worldwide.

EVERYONE is welcome to submit photos and short videos that fit our Water and Urbanization theme. (Please read our group submission rules for more info.)

Waterkeepers and the donors, members and constituents of Waterkeeper organizations around the world are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to submit photos related to our theme.

Submission Ideas. Here are just a few ideas for your subject matter: City waterfronts, canals, sewer plants, sewer drains, storm drains, aqueducts, marinas, boats, sports activities, parking lots (Yes! Parking lots), greenswards, sea walls, pipes and culverts, sprinklers, gutters, fountains, dock yards, factories, trash and trash receptacles, reservoirs, spillways, people drinking water, people playing in water, animals in water, water falling, stationary water, impeded water, disturbed water, polluted water, fishing, boardwalks, beaches, rivers, ponds, lakes, ditches, hoses, and so on. If it relates to water and connects that water to an urban context, then it’s in play for this group.

The photos you submit DO NOT need to be complex. In fact, they don’t even need to be well shot. They just need to tell us a story—even a short story—about urban waterways and urban water supplies. Include a description of your image if the connection to theme is not immediately clear.

For an extend description of our goals for this project, as well as some more broad ideas about the types of images we want to collect, visit

Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 1.5 million miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Learn more about us at

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Group Rules

If it relates to water and connects that water to an urban context, then it’s in play for the Water & Urbanization group. Just make sure that everyone else understands how your image relates to our theme, even if that means writing a detailed description of what you shot. If we can’t make a plausible connection between your photo and our purpose, a moderator will remove your contribution. Here are the rest of the rules—

• Photos are welcome from anyone, anywhere around the world.

• You can post 10 items per day.

• Please do not post a photo if you (or your organization) don’t own it or are not in direct, personal contact with the person who owns it.

• Please give good information about your photo, including when and where it was shot. Photos without identifying information will be removed.

• Include a brief description of your photo. If you like, tell us why you took it and how you think it highlights our theme. (Remember, if we can’t tell why it’s relevant, out it goes.)

• Play nice with other contributors. Please keep conversations respectful and keep any criticisms constructive. (Remember, this is NOT a contest and all contributions are welcome if they fit the theme.)

• No profanity or pornography, please…ever.

• Please do not try to sell anything. Blatant sales pitches for products, services and the like will be removed.

• Please respect the copyrights and usage agreements attached to all images within this group. Do not use the images for your own purposes without first asking the permission of the owner.

• Videos are welcome, but please keep them short. Three minutes is more than enough.

• We may contact you if your photo piques our curiosity, but we will not solicit monetary donations for our charity through this group at any time. (This group exists for educational purposes and shameless self-promotion would be crass!) However, if you want to learn more about us via other channels, visit

• Finally, remember that the moderator is always right. Our group moderators have final say over what stays and what goes—no matter what. Who are the moderators? Well, I am the primary moderator and my name is Steve Reynolds. I’m the Online Editor for Waterkeeper Alliance, and I’m also a very amateur photographer in my spare time. (I even have my own Flickr account!) Other moderators will be drawn from our staff here at Waterkeeper Alliance. You can find out more about all of us at

• Oh yeah, and we reserve the right to revise our posting rules at any time.

All of us here at Waterkeeper Alliance look forward to you contributions and can’t wait to see what rolls in. We hope you have fun with this group and may pick up a little new information about cities and water in the process. We also want your feedback, so let us know what you think of the group and its goals. Cheers!

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 10 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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