Groundswell and Northwestern University’s Chemistry Department are building a website to offer water quality information to Navajo residents. The EPA has identified many contaminated water sources, but government data comes in scientific language that is not accessible to most residents.
With support from the National Science Foundation, Northwestern Chemistry professor Franz Geiger contracted Groundswell to develop an interactive, user friendly website with educational extensions into Navajo communities concerned about water quality. There are more than 1,000 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo reservation. Impacts to groundwater, livestock and family health concern many communities. The EPA and Navajo water researchers have investigated hundreds of wells scattered across the 25,000 square mile reservation. The new water website will enable Navajos to share their findings, educate residents and lobby for assistance. Navajo educators want more than signs with public health warnings.
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