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25Aug

Water Utility Mapping Academy

*Written by Teresa Gomez. 

This past spring the SWEFC organized a pilot initiative designed to encourage undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico to explore careers in the water industry. The collaborative initiative with STEM University led to the six week long Water Utility Mapping Academy. Over the course of the Academy, Teresa Gomez, James Markham and Mark Ogrentz introduced students to water system components and taught them the basics of GIS data collection and mapping. The EFC’s goal was to sufficiently prepare students so that they could create water utility maps for small water systems around New Mexico over the course of the summer.

Below is a summary of the curriculum and activities our students completed over the course of the Academy.

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21Dec

Toxic Water – Our Responsibility

*Written by Heather Himmelberger. 

“4 million Americans could be drinking toxic water and would never know” headlined USA Today on December 15th, 2016.  There is no question that lead in drinking water is a major concern and that making drinking water safe for everyone should be a paramount concern.  Much of the blame for the “toxic water” was laid at the doorstep of EPA and state regulators.  What the article fails to point out is that we – all of us – are complicit in the problem.

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