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EWB Shonto Irrigation


Meeting Time

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM

Project Description

The mission of the Shonto Irrigation project is to empower the Shonto community–a small community located on the Navajo Nation–to resume sustainable agricultural practices. In the 1950s, a large dam failure resulted in the rampant erosion of the John Smith wash, a small creek which bisects the Shonto Valley, and the drop of the valley’s water table. The drop in the water table made historically practiced farming techniques impossible. Currently few families still farm the area. The objective of our project is to return dryland farming practices to the land by raising the water table.

Team Members

Marissa Edwards – Freshman – Mechanical Engineering 

Sean Haynie – Sophomore – Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Kimball – Sophomore – Materials Science and Engineering

Jackson Krug – Sophomore – Mechanical Engineering 

Anna Kruse – Sophomore – Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Zamora – Junior – Aerospace Engineering