A billboard near Roosevelt Dam proclaimed in the 1960s: “Arizona Grows Where Water Flows.” But growth and the control of water to support it have never been simple uncontested endeavors.
Project Harvest: Be Informed. Grow Smarter.
Multiple Speakers Listed Below, Project Harvest
Speakers: Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Director/PI, Flor Sandoval, Co-PI/SERI Senior Program Manager, AJ Moses, SWES PhD student, Jesus Solis-Leon, SWES MS student, Norma Villagomez-Marquez, SWES PhD student, Leona Davis, College of Education MS student, Dorsey Kaufmann, School of Art MFA candidate.
Arizona community members have recognized the benefits of harvesting rainwater. However, there is a lack of information regarding the quality of harvested water and there are no monitoring programs. Community members who participate in the program are trained alongside our team of environmental scientists in the scientific method and taught how to measure bacteria and organic and inorganic contaminants in samples collected over a three-year period.
The research goals are to understand the fate and transport of potential pollutants in harvested water and how these possible pollutants might impact soil, plant and human health, and to evaluate the learning outcomes of a citizen science and community-engaged approach to research while working alongside community health workers.