About Us

Say Earth is a non-profit Delhi NCR based NGO, founded by Environmentalist, Lake & Water Conservationist Mr.Ramveer Tanwar.

Our team works on water conservation and management; transformation and rejuvenation of water bodies and rainwater harvesting across India

Objective

To conserve and maintain the hydrological cycle of India and restore depleting water table and oureco-system.

Vision

To create a better world forf uture.

Mission

To be a knowledge & execution partner of NGOs, Corporates and Government agencies to address global environmental issues.

Background & Overview
Jal Chaupal & Awareness
A platform for discussion on water conservation and waterbodies rejuvenation. Jal Chaupal is an initiative of awakening people about the importance of water and various factors related to water scarcity in respective communities. In Jal Chaupal we discuss topics like Ground Water Extraction, Water Pollution, Rainwater Harvesting, Water Budgeting etc. Jal Chaupal has been proven as the most important support tool in motivating the people to engage in pond restoration work. We are trying to build an emotional connection between the villagers, communities and water bodies. It will help them understand the importance of lakes and ponds and take initiatives to save them. “Water budgeting’ is essential for every village as well as city. It refers to the estimation of availability of water in the respective Gram Panchayat and community from different water sources (Groundwater, surface water, and rainwater) and planning its use against the various purposes. Hence, Jal Chaupal helps villagers to understand the amount of water actually required by them and matching it against the status of water available. This has also helped in generating awareness about the importance of water conservation.
Clean-Up

Removal of non-biodegradable and inorganic waste (Ex: Plastic, Rubber, Cloth, Thermocol, E-waste etc.); Organic & In Organic waste is segregated, processed as manure and recycled as appropriate. Dustbin installations in local community and along-side path to curb waste disposal into the waterbody.

 

  • Briefing to Volunteers
  • Cleaning Buns, Shores, Ground Area
  • Removing non-biodegradable waste and handing it over to respective entities.
Rejuvenation

Cleaning, Earth excavation, Desilting from Pond/lake; Dam/Ramp for Bundh formation

  • Removal of non-biodegradable and inorganic waste (Plastic, Rubber, Cloth etc.)
  • Sludge & Silt removal to improve water flow and reduce odour using manual and/or mechanized process.
  • Excavation and Desilting from waterbody to improve water flow.
  • Bundh formation for strengthening and steady streamflow.
Filtration & Water Quality management

Multilayer Pits, Constructed Wetland, Eco/Bio-Remediation etc.

Although the self-cleansing of water bodies occurs naturally but it is too slow to combat the heavy load of pollution emerging due to human lifestyle including urban, industrial and agricultural activities. The conventional treatment methods and technologies are expensive, require high maintenance and are also energy intensive, thus sustainable technology-based and low-cost ecological treatment systems are getting preference across multiple locations.

Constructed wetlands (CWs) and Floating Islands (FIs) are now being used for the treatment of wastewater by natural processes that follow ecological principles to achieve desired degree of treatment of water and rejuvenate water bodies. CWs process is either sequential or simultaneously involving microbial degradation, plant uptake, absorption, sedimentation and filtration. CWs are proven to be cost-effective, eco-friendly, easy to maintain and quite efficient in the treatment of water from urban sewage but lesser efficient in the removal of nitrogen and phosphorus. CW are manmade treatment systems built in an earthen or semi concrete depression, as the bed of wetlands composed of soil, sand, pebbles of different sizes, and domestic construction waste such as bricks etc. For efficient and continuous water treatment to maintain biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), removal of suspended solids (SS) and chemical oxygen demand (COD), the wastewater needs to be distributed uniformly across the CWs and fed into the bed through a single point at the center of the bed.

 

  • Screening for filtration of inorganic waste and its removal
  • Wastewater is treated through permeable bed and dense stand of aquatic plants.
  • Eco-remediation and treatment of wastewater to improve water quality and odour

 

Floating Islands (FIs), is an artificial floating platform filled with aquatic plants (Cana indica etc,), known to purify water by absorbing various chemical contaminants. Such technologies have wide relevance in preventing household wastewater from entering into water bodies without purification. SF wetlands contain aquatic plants rooted in the soil layer at the bottom of the wetland, and wastewater flows through leaves and steams of the plants.

 

Rain Water Harvesting

Rain water Harvesting means – ‘Catching and Storing Rain where it falls’. We use simple techniques like recharge pits of collecting rainwater that runs from catchment areas like roofs, pavements, roads, parks, open land etc. and storing it in storage tanks (for immediate use) or in the underground aquifers – natural or man-made for ground water recharge. Thus, rainwater can be stored in tanks and then used for drinking and cooking.

Afforestation

Plantation, Seedball Making & Nursery creation

Plantation is not only about planting saplings, but also how we create saplings, choosing the right variety that is suitable to the native climatic and soil conditions and then nurture them until they become trees. It also includes activities such as:

 

• De-weeding for entire stretch to create space for plantation

• Soil preparation for plantation

• Native, aromatic, medicinal trees, dense shrubs and flowering sapling plantation

 

Seedball is a mixture of soil, manure, compost and various seeds, that allows the seeds to stay protected inside the ball until the conditions become favorable for sprouting. It requires water for the germination process to activate, which can occur from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on weather conditions.

Nursery for different saplings can be created so that plants nurtured in it can then be taken to plantation site when they grow to a suitable size. It ensures good quality as seeds and soil used are used and nurtured under your own supervision. It also enables quick availability and right kind of variety as required and avoids waiting saplings from outside retailers, thus making it cost effective and better quality.

Environment Awareness

The goal is to educate and generate awareness on key environmental issues and engage youths and community members in conservation of environment and water bodies at the local level. The program primarily is focused to engage local community members including students, youths and members of self-help groups, Panchayats and Municipal Corporations etc. among others, through target-oriented activities and time-bound action, to bring sustainable change.

 

Nature Walk – A walk with nature across different wetlands, forests, organic villages.

Wall Painting – Mural wall art paintings are drawn in communities and open areas on themes varying from water conservation, pollution and health hazard, importance of plants and trees etc.

Waste-To-Art workshops – Various kinds of waste material are used, recycled and converted into useful products in an artistic manner.

Landscaping

Grassing, Fencing, Benches and Awareness Boards adds value to the site.

  • Natural boundary/fencing using bamboo, wire-mesh and pillars
  • Benches and Dustbins for entire stretch
  • Mural Wall Painting with sensitization message to create awareness
Maintenance & Sustainability
Maintenance

Regular maintenance, Aquatic farming, Organic Farming, Eco-village etc.

  • Regular bundh clean-up – Waste and Sludge removal.
  • Plants maintenance – Watering, Manuring, Mulching and Caring.

 

Fundamental reason to build a pond is to use for Irrigation and growing crops, without waiting for rain to fall. Additionally its used to increase ground water level, livestock feed, aquaculture, fire protection, erosion control, recreational purposes, to attract wildlife & increase the population of endangered species.

  • Ponds can capture, store, and distribute water and provide both economic and environmental benefits. Pond water is usually richer in nutrients than well water (contains nitrogen-fixing blue-green algae which improves soil fertility).
  • Nutrient-rich pond mud is used as fertilizer or to grow forage and other crops.
  • Fundamental Uses – Irrigation, livestock feed, aquaculture, fire protection, erosion control, or recreational purposes and to attract wildlife and increase the population of endangered species.
  • Aquaculture in ponds – fish, aquatic plants, or algae.
  • A farm pond is a large hole (square or rectangular shape) dug out in the earth, which harvests rainwater and stores it for future use. It has an inlet to regulate inflow and an outlet to discharge excess water. The pond is surrounded by a small bund, which prevents erosion on the banks of the pond and helps Increase in ground water level.
  • Naturally replenished by precipitation, rainwater or filled with tailwater from irrigation which can then be recycled, farm ponds can also provide a more cost effective and sustainable alternative to city or county provided water. A 2-acre pond could irrigate 30-acres of crops. Vegetable cultivation is strengthened with two assured crops in a year.
  • Pond water is usually richer in nutrients than well water and also contains nitrogen-fixing blue-green algae which can improve soil fertility. After the fish harvest, nutrient-rich pond mud can be used as fertilizer or the pond can be used to grow forage and other crops. Aquaculture such as fish, shellfish, aquatic plants, or algae can grow in the pond itself.
Sustainability of ponds

It is very important to make the ponds self sustainable in all ways so we do not need to revive the ponds every year. We achieve this target we are promoting the aquaculture like fish farming, lotus farming, pearl farming in revived ponds.

 

The “three pillars” of sustainability
Economic sustainability- The ability for humans to continue to support a living through an activity.
Social sustainability- that is, the societal acceptance of a specific activity.
Environmental sustainability—the ability to conduct an activity without detrimental harm to the environment such that the resources needed for the activity are not compromised for future use.

Consultancy

Guidance & Advocacy on Water Conservation & Environmental Issues

  • Project Officer/Consultant to advise various ecological and sustainable methods and technologies for Rejuvenation, Water Treatment and Landscaping
  • Site manager/coordinator for Rejuvenation & Water Treatment and Landscaping
#Selfie With Pond

Largest Online Campaign To Create Awareness

#SelfieWithPond aims to connect the youngsters to their nearby water bodies. We started online campaign with following objectives:

  • To connect the youngsters and people to their nearby water bodies.
  • So that people can discuss about dying water bodies and can be motivated to save and/or revive ponds/lakes.
  • We connected with 1,00,000 youths from Pan India as well as 9 other countries.
  • This campaign was covered by national mainstream media.
Volunteering
  • Pond /Lake Clean up
  • Nature Walk with Discussion on wetlands, environment and water conservation
  • Water Hyacinth Removal
  • Jal Chaupal and Awareness program with locals
  • Plantation drive around the ponds, lakes and our plantation sites
  • Tree maintenance and care activity
  • Seedball making
  • Waste-To-Art workshops and drives