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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Service Learning Areas

Water Systems

In response to information on water quality gathered by water monitoring groups, as well as a detailed needs assessment survey, a continuing series of projects have been undertaken to improve water quality in the communities of Las Flores and Jaitique. A slow sand filter was designed by Scott Hamshaw, then a UVM engineering student, and was constructed by members of the community. Two years later another engineering student, current CDAE graduate student Nicole Mason, designed a sedimentation basin in response to suggestions from the local water board. (See the article Steady Flow from UVM's newspaper The View) The existing pipe network, infrastructure, and watershed are currently being assessed, which will lead to further water system and watershed management projects.

          Honduras Projects

CID picScott Hamshaw, Dave Chappelle, and community constructing slow sand filter in Jaitique, 2005

CID picErik Carlson and Neal Purchase documenting existing infrastructure in Jaitique, 2007

CID picDr. Dan Baker with Chon Reyes and Reynaldo Flores at sedimentation basin, 2008

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