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Community Development and Applied Economics

Service Learning Areas

Water Quality Monitoring

A few years ago a rural Honduran community identified the lack of local environmental data as a significant hindrance to community development. CDAE partnered with this community to combine resources and technical and local knowledge to test, analyze, and deliver environmental data to the community.


Since this project began, two CID students have been successful in their applications for grant funding, which has enabled CDAE to partner with the local school and the municipality in implementing a community-based water quality monitoring program.

This exciting project is being expanded this year with data from the project being entered into a GIS database which will form the heart of a CDAE facilitated community planning forum in Honduras.

Exciting features of this project have been the involvement of local high school students in the collection of water quality data and the integration of water quality monitoring into the local high schoolÂ’s science curriculum.

          Honduras Projects

CID picStudent Kelly Garrison testing water quality.

CID picCaitrin Noel with students from Club Juma, Taulabe, Honduras 2006

CID picAdrien Bailey collecting water sample from community water tank, 2007

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