Water and Conflict in the West
Students in the course Water and Conflict in the West, taught by Dr. Don Rodriguez (environmental science and resource management), Dr. Tracylee Clark (communication) and Dr. Sean Kelly (political science) spent a semester collecting, analyzing, and interpreting water quality data and mentoring middle school students in the process.
In order to put issues of water quality and research into the broader context of restoration, watershed management and environmental education, CSU Channel Islands students energetically lead several service projects. Working with Ventura Coast Keeper, Calleguas Water District and United Water Conservancy District, students collected, analyzed and interpreted data (pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity). Then, they presented their findings at a Water Symposium they designed for the local middle school. The symposium included fun activities like water jeopardy, role playing to resolve water conflicts, and taste testing water from various sources. These experiences heightened the awareness of middle schoolers about the importance of water quality and the potential impact of environmental hazards.
CSU Channel Islands students also participated in an on-going campus restoration effort to provide willow and riparian vegetation to enhance the habitat for an endangered bird by the Long Grade Creek.