March trip to Black Mesa, 2016
On our last trip to Black Mesa we completed the water system at the Begay house. The leak in the existing pipes was isolated, the pump and vanity were connected and the house now has running water from the underground storage tank that we installed last November.
We also meet with the Window Rock Chapter of the American Indian Science Engineering Society, AISES about possible collaboration.
2016 Election Results
President: Jennifer Thomas
Vice President: open
Treasurer: Alaric Babej
Secretary: Mark Ralph
EWB Chapter Elections
The EWB-ABQ professional chapter is holding officer elections for 2016. We have five positions open: President, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and website administrator.
If you are interested in running for any of the above positions please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently, no one is running for the vice president and website administrator positions.
2015 has been a great year. We made significant progress with our efforts on the Black Mesa area of the Navajo reservation. I hope that you join us in 2016 for more service-based adventures.
Labor Day trip to Black Mesa, 2015
The Labor Day weekend trip was really productive. We installed two PV modules on the Begay roof. One is to supplement their existing system used mostly for lighting; the idea here is that their battery will get charged fast in the winter. The other panel is to charge the batteries for their solar pump.
We installed the batteries, charge controller and a small service panel. The batteries are being charged now so that is good. We ran extra wire for the pump, but we did not mount it yet since we wanted to wait until we had a tank solution
The August General Meeting will be: Sat. August 22 at noon in “the tall room” at the downtown Flying Star.
If you want to order food/drinks please show up a little earlier and order them downstairs . The meeting room is on the second floor.
We will have updates on the two assessment trips in May and June and plans for the work trip over the Labor day weekend.
Forgotten People, our NGO partner on Black Mesa, have a new website.
We have gotten official EWB approval of our Black Mesa Water and Navajo Solar Community Engineering Corps domestic projects. Contact email@example.com to get added to the announcement list for project meetings.
With your help, we raised $12,500 for the Black Mesa Community at the rug auction April 26! We could not have pulled this off without the hard work of our many members, partners, and friends.
Assessment Field Trip to Navajo Nation will be May 29- June 1. contact Jennifer Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Navajo Solar Project Meeting: TBD
Next Navajo Water meeting: TBD, by telecon, contact Jennifer Thomas email@example.com.
We are currently in the kick off stage of two projects:
1) refurbishing and installation of solar thermal heaters on the Navajo Reservation near Grants.
2) testing and treatment of drinking water sources for families in the Black Mesa area of the Navajo Reservation NE of Flagstaff
There are opportunities for helping in a variety of ways, from hands-on repair and installation, to field sampling and data analysis, to independent project reviews, to fund raising.
We are trying out a new fund raising method for our projects with Crowdrise
Continuing our collaboration with the organization Forgotten People, outgoing Professional Chapter President, Malcolm Siegel travelled to Kayenta AZ in the northwestern part of Navajo Reservation on December 20-22 to bring a truckload of clothes, blankets and toys to the residents of the Black Mesa in the former Bennett Freeze area. In addition to visiting a potential site for installation of a rain water harvesting system, Malcolm met with the officers of Forgotten People and Dine United for Justice to discuss a plan to raise funds for the project through a rug auction featuring the weavers of Black Mesa.
Please contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate or just for more information on the group.
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