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Welcome to Water Citizen!  There will be many changes to this website over the next several months, so please check back often.  Better yet, enter your information in the subscription box on the right side of the page to get our updates as they happen!

What is WaterCitizen.Com?

WaterCitizen.Com (Water Citizen LLC) is a free, independent, nonpartisan, non-advocacy social enterprise dedicated to increasing public involvement in and engagement with all things related to water. 

What is a “Water Citizen”?

If you care about water, and recognize that water is important – for society, for the planet, and for your own life – then YOU ARE A WATER CITIZEN!

What Does WaterCitizen.Com Have to Offer Me?

Founded in 2012, Water Citizen is rolling out a variety of water-related offerings through three divisions:

1)  Water Citizen News (watercitizennews.com) – or “WatCit News” – is a free, independent press that provides water news and features including both “hard news” (water and policy, business, and technology) and “soft news” (water and sports and recreation, arts and entertainment, spirituality, community).

You don’t have to hold degrees in science or law or work in a water profession to read Water Citizen News – our stories are written for every Water Citizen! We are a multimedia online press, telling stories through both well-written, well-researched, and well-informed text and photos and videos, infographics and audios.  Where possible, we include links to copies of original documents as well as other site to let you explore additional information on our stories. Or just skim the highlights to become a more informed Water Citizen!

WatCit News provides original content content and invites active participation from water citizens.  Our team includes trained journalists and other communications experts with a strong interest in and experience with water matters, and water experts with a strong interest in and experiences with communications.  Our Water Citizen News Team is actively seeking new stories to cover and new ways to cover those stories – “telling the right water stories and telling the water stories right!”  Watch for our upcoming opportunities for Water Citizen Journalism in which YOU can send photos, videos, quotes, as well as story ideas – story assignments to be posted soon!

WatCit News provides sponsorship opportunities for corproations, organizations, and individuals to connect with Water Citizens through sponsor recognition on our news site.  We will be working with sponsors to develop spots through which you can share your water stories and commitment to water citizenship.  For more information, please contact cat@watercitizen.com.

Visit watercitizennews.com to find Water Citizen News!

 

2) Water Citizen Education:  This division will provides educational products and programs for a general audience of Water Citizens. Get a “sneak peek” of Water Citizen’s Guide to Water Conferences, with information on national and international water conferences in August, September, and October 2012.  Still to come is the Water Citizen’s Guide to Water in Congress.

Watch for opportunities for you to Declare Your Water Citizenship by making and submitting your own “I’m a Water Citizen!” Video, which use the following “script”:

Hi! My name is (your name)

I am (your affiliation and company or however you choose to identify your affiliation – and anything you do related to water)

I think water is important because (here, you have 30-60 seconds to say why water is important to YOU!)

and I am a Water Citizen!  Join me at WaterCitizen.Com!

See the example below, filmed with Kansas City lawyer Denise Farris, Founder of the Farris Law Firm, at the Women Impacting Public Policy annual conference:

3) Water Citizen WaterTainment(TM).  This division will provide original online programming and other multimedia productions, and provide means of distributing and promoting existing water-related entertainment.  More information to be available soon!

Who is Water Citizen?

Water Citizen LLC was created by Cat Shrier, Ph.D., P.G., with the support of many experienced journalists, entrepreneurs, and other team members and advisors.

Cat has worked for more than 20 years in water resources planning and policy.  She worked for legislative offices and agencies, university institutes, associations, and nonprofit organizations, large and small environmental consulting firms, and as head of her own consulting practice (twice – once as “Cat Shrier, Water Resources Consulting” and once as “Watercat Consulting LLC”).  Cat’s clients included public and private companies in the water utility, oil & gas, power, and mining sectors; educational institutes; water users and other stakeholder organizations. Her areas of expertise included integrated water and energy planning and policy; integrated water management for habitat, municipal, agricultural, recreational, and industrial uses; conjunctive use and management of groundwater and surface water resources; development of cohesive research strategies involving universities, institutes, agencies, consulting firms, and private industry; and development of education and outreach programs and other communication vehicles.

Cat received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University, with an emphasis on Water Resources Planning and Policy, researching ways to bring together different water interests using knowledge-based systems and spatial multicriteria decision support systems.  Before that, Cat completed her M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an emphasis on Environmental Management and Policy, researching regional ground water management programs in the Atlantic Coastal Plain and developing the first draft of the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area rules now being implemented by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from North Carolina State University (summa cum laude) and in Government from Dartmouth College (praise de laude!).

Cat is now back in school again (it’s true!), at the University of Maryland, where she is enrolled in the graduate program in Multimedia Journalism.  Drawing upon the many experiences and contacts she has made over the past 20 years, and the many stories she has discovered and continues to discover in the world of water, Cat is currently working to create a self-sustaining social enterprise through which the stories of the water community and other information on water can be shared.

How Can I Get More of Water Citizen?

The “Preview Edition” of WatCit News is now available at watercitizennews.com!  Watch for our “WatCit Say” emails for updates, follow us on Twitter (@WatCitSay), visit and like our Facebook Page (Water Citizen), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (currently listed under “Cat Shrier”).  Like and share our stories with your Water Citizen friends and coworkers!  Please enter your name, affiliation (optional), and email for your FREE online subscription to Water Citizen News and to receive more updates on the latest developments at WaterCitizen.Com!