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Rivers of the World Foundation is a logical outgrowth of decades of persuasion to revive the life and spirits of the Yamuna River. Urban and suburban cities in India generate a large volume of wastewater. Most of this wastewater is discharged to streams and rivers without appropriate treatment. Often the cost of wastewater treatment is prohibitive for these cities and municipalities. To address this issue, Subijoy Dutta studied the use of various low-cost biological treatment systems for several years since the onset of his Yamuna River Cleanup Effort in 1992. Reading an article about the death of 1700 people in 1987 due to cholera outbreak from drinking the Yamuna water lead to this persuasion. This volunteer project was initiated by Dutta. A few other scientists and engineers, such as Dennis Haag, Dr. Matthew Perry, Dr. William Roper and others joined him in years to follow. To that end, a demonstration scale system was developed in 2003/2004. This design for a small community system at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University has been modified later to meet the treatment needs of highly polluted discharges flowing into the Yamuna River near Delhi through the Barapullah and the Kotlah Drains. Question on Water Quality lead to a number of other related issues posed by the author. While visiting with people living in the banks of the Yamuna and other rivers their cry and issues have been shared and reverberated. The issues were enormous.

The cry of the people living on the banks of Yamuna river bounced by the hard concrete wall, over and over again, lead this group of scientists to move on to other Rivers in India and other parts of the World resulting in the formation of Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation in 2009. Active assistance is provided by ROW Foundation in Philippines, China, and Nepal, other than India. Some of the remediation steps suggested by the team along with other experts from ROW Foundation, for the Marikina River, Iloilo River (Philippines), and Yamuna River (Gau Ghat area) were diligently followed, which has resulted in improvement in River water quality and local ecology and environment. We are working on controlling Environmental Pollution and preserving the natural environment is our prime objective.

We'd love to have your support in this effort.

Mission Statement

The primary objective of the Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation is to make all efforts to cleanup highly polluted Rivers in US, India, SE Asia, S. America, Africa, Europe, and Other Parts of the World.

Some of our major tenets:

  1. Evaluate the eco-environmental status of the major rivers and tributaries of the world, primarily the areas listed above.
  2. Identify ten Rivers initially which could be easily undertaken in the program to meet the primary objectives of the ROW foundation.
  3. Inform and involve the public in activities that foster the protection, enhancement, and establishment of clean rivers and sustainable development along the river banks and riparian areas.
  4. Identify, evaluate, and address threats to the biological, cultural, and economic components of conservation of the river and riparian areas.
  5. Acknowledge and promote the significance of the rivers, streams, and their adjacent riparian areas, including the effects on the ecosystem.
  6. Facilitate cooperation between private landowners, state and federal agency personnel, and other interested parties through a non-political forum concerned with area-wide needs of conservation of the river and riparian areas.
  7. Encourage voluntary participation of all potential partners to enhance and restore the biological, economic, and cultural wellbeing of the rivers and riparian areas through educational, technical, and financial involvement.
  8. Engage in any other charitable activity for which corporations may be organized under the General Corporation Code; provided, such activities fall within the purview of Section 501(c)(3).

A Short Video - Water Sampling of Yamuna River at Gau-Ghat


January 12-13, 2018
Announcement and Draft Agenda for Training Seminar in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
September 10, 2017
ROW Annual Meeting - October 27, 2017 Announcement and Free Registration.
February 25, 2017
Water Testing/Monitoring by Students at a Himalayan School - recent Article.
February 21, 2017
March 22nd, 2016
World Water Day (WWD) 2016 activities with reports and pictures.
June 5th, 2015
Nepal visit for earthquake assistance - Pictorial Report.
July 10th, 2015
Nepal Relief Effort - school rebuilding assistance - see pictures and reports .
May 2014
ROW Assistance to Typhoon Victims in Philippines - Pictures with short Report.