EMPOWERING CITIZEN SCIENTISTS TO TRACK AND TOGETHER PREVENT MARINE POLLUTION
The Testing Our Waters project offers a multi-pronged, design centered approach to reducing the accumulation of plastics in local waterways and international oceans through active community engagement and policy change. We will be designing Do It Yourself (DIY) trawls for citizen scientists to make and use in their nearby marine environments. Pollution collected in the trawls will be documented via a smartphone application and uploaded to a website platform. Results will build an online engaged community, regularly notify environmental stewards of the problem and propose policy changes.
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What We've Achieved
- In July, 2016 Testing Our Waters became a faculty grant winner for funding from the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School University in New York City through our collaboration with 5Gyres and NyNjBaykeeper. Check out the other environmentally focused interdisciplinary projects here. We are proud to be among this cohort of research projects that address various environmental issues.
- As of September, 2016 we have 3 different trawls in the testing phase with at least 2 more slated for testing in the Fall.
- The hardware and dangle trawl are ready to be used.
- We have been awarded a grant by the forward thinking folks at the Autodesk Foundation! We are very excited to build on this partnership. They have a very supportive team that will help push our project forward. We already use many of Autodesk’s production oriented software and look forward to building on their capacity.