FLAGSTAFF — Students from the San Juan School District in the Four Corners and southern Utah area returned to Flagstaff on March 19 to revisit the issue of snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks.
Last summer, these students spent a week at Northern Arizona University with the Environmental Education Outreach Program, part of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at NAU. The purpose of ITEP is to assist tribes with environmental training and education.
During the summer, students learned the basics of testing water and about the issue of snowmaking from the Forest Service and Arizona Snowbowl Manager J.R. Murray.
Students performed water tests to compare the differences between natural-source water from Oak Creek and treated water from a Flagstaff water treatment facility.
“Since there is no such thing as ‘pure’ water in nature, scientists must establish a baseline for comparison. We chose to use Oak Creek water for the baseline because we knew the students would enjoy spending the day in the Oak Creek canyon,” said Mansel Nelson, EEOP program director.
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