Help Map Polluted Surface Runoff Problems Using Instagram

Waterspotter tagThe Washington Environmental Council and Resource Media have created a new social media project around mapping polluted runoff problems: #WaterSpotter!

The goal is to solicit photo contributions from community members to document and map polluted runoff problems such as

  • Street flooding;
  • Pooling of water;
  • Sheeting of water;
  • Oil sheens on pavement; and
  • Clogged storm drains throughout Puget Sound.

It’s as easy as taking a picture and sharing it using InstagramHere’s how it works:

  1. Spot runoff (water in a puddle, overflowing drains, water with an oil sheen);
  2. Photograph it with Instagram;
  3. Hashtag your photo with #waterspotter and then drive folks to #waterspotter via Facebook and Twitter.

The website, (http://waterspotter.wordpress.com/) has more info including a Frequently Asked Questions page to learn how to use Instagram to locate and hashtag your photos

Take photos today and Instagram to #waterspotter, the photos can be of runoff or of any stormwater solutions you see in buildings. 

The goal is to solicit photo contributions from community members to document and map polluted runoff problems: street flooding, pooling, sheeting, oil sheens, and clogged storm drains throughout Puget Sound. Upload to Instagram with the hashtag #waterspotter and your photo will appear in the digital swamp of water behaving badly.

Their website, (http://waterspotter.wordpress.com/) has more info, sample photos and a section dedicated to Solutions to Pollution, notice the 12,000 rain garden challenge.  They are also developing a Google map program to start mapping the photos!

For more information, contact WEC Puget Sound Advocacy Manager Rein Attemann by phone at 206-631-2625, or cell 206-334-6472, or email rein@wecprotects.org.

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