Valor & Watermark - Because Every Drop Counts

By Kristine Gali, P.E., Technical Program Manager

Valor has been excited to become more involved with Watermark as we kicked off our volunteer engagement last year with the October Global Month of Service. Events included awareness of our local water system through trivia, supporting local organizations through beach clean ups, and facing off with our sister offices through a water pump challenge. This year, Valor is looking forward to getting even more involved with local organizations and educational outreach with local schools. Upcoming 2019 events include habitat restoration, tree planting, and water monitoring throughout the Bay Area.

Learn more about our past events below:

46441167_132522824401951_8471224809789849600_o.jpg

Surfrider Foundation Beach Cleanup: Valor volunteered with the local San Francisco Surfrider Foundation Chapter in a beach clean up event near San Francisco Bay Bridge. Not only does a cleaner location make it more pleasant to spend time at the beach but it helps prevent fish, zooplankton, and invertebrates from ingesting harmful trash and plastic.

46440533_132522837735283_616278427736997888_o.jpg
46491616_132522781068622_6781872361042870272_o.jpg
IMG_9291 (1).jpg

A California Water Pump Challenge - Who can pump the fastest? (Not Valor): AIA offices in San Diego and San Francisco got first hand experience on using Xylem's Essence of Life stepping pump which was designed with rural farmers' needs in mind. California teams faced off in a pumping competition and realized it's not as easy (or leak free) as it looks!

IMG_9305 (1).jpg
IMG_9303 (1).jpg

In 2019, Watermark continues to be in full swing at Valor, with the start of the Mark Your Mark 30-Day Challenge. The event runs from World Water Day on March 22 to Earth Day on April 22. The Valor Water team participated in the following events in April:

April 6: Fort Funston Nursery, where the volunteers supported the nursery which grows plants for a variety of Bay Area park sites. Habitats ranging from coastal bluffs to grasslands have been rehabilitated with the plants grown here.

56927213_177900949864138_422844014237057024_o.jpg
57119663_177901009864132_2395786870001762304_o.jpg

April 18: Lands End Trail Maintenance and Water Monitoring, to help revitalize and restore the native habitat of Lands End.

More events and updates on them will be posted throughout the upcoming months on the Valor Water Analytics blog.

57599636_181798532807713_3429170050257387520_n.jpg
57561107_181798292807737_2680023192856166400_n.jpg
58373665_181798526141047_3141682643318341632_n.jpg
57544634_181798166141083_5966440676362027008_o.jpg