Back in March as small group of Geoporters met with the Executive Director of the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA). Mohammad was down here on his way to get an update on other water projects he is involved with in the Osa Peninsula. He heard about Geoporter’s recent project, working alongside the community’s ASADA (local water authority) and Ebais (local health clinic) to explore sites of contaminated surface waters from direct source in Bahia-Uvita.
During the dry season it was brought to Geoporter’s attention that there were some really smelly locations. Upon further investigation, these sites were mapped and photographed and shared with the Ministry of Health who have worked with the businesses responsible for these waters to clean up and prevent future contamination.
From the resulting meeting with CSWEA, Geoporter’s initial efforts in mapping contaminated water sources was published in their 2015 Spring edition of the Central States Water Magazine (see page 14).
This is only the beginning of the investigations, but it is working alongside other community agencies to help prevent an even greater problem in the future.
Back in March 2013, we received a seed grant from the Pollination Project for $1,000 to support the creation of our Geospatial Technology Lab. The lab enabled us to offer trainings to residents here in Bahia Ballena at different locations around town and into Escuela Verde and Escuela La Flor de Bahia. At the end of the year, the Pollination Project was seeking input from their first year’s daily-awarded grant recipients to reflect on how the Pollination Project has helped seed change in the world. Geoporter responded with The Pura Vida of the Pollination Project: The Costa Rica Geoporter Story.
Our summary of how our Pollination Project award made a difference was selected as one of 10 incredible impact stories. Being selected rewarded Geoporter with an additional $500 award which we will use to support the expansion of our geospatial technology lab and highlighting Geoporter in the Huffington Post.
While the article highlights one person, we at Geoporter know that without all the community volunteers and everyone involved in this project, we wouldn’t be where we are today and making the impacts that we are. So thank you to all those involved in Geoporter!