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EWB Shonto Irrigation

 

Meeting Time

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM

Project Description

Our project has formed a partnership with the Shonto Chapter of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona to aid in their attempt to restore a historically central aspect of their community’s way of life, dryland farming. A hydroelectric dam failure upstream of Shonto in the 1960s has eroded the water table and made dryland farming in the area all but impossible. To address this pressing issue, the Shonto Community has allowed us to construct a series of check dams on their land. These dams will restore the water table to its previous levels and enable widespread resumption of dryland farming. Surveying of the landscape has been completed and construction locations and materials have been determined. In the near future, our project will finalize designs and use flow modeling software and other means to prototype before beginning on-site check dam construction.