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Water Project Final Document

Water Project Final Document

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Sara Scoville-WeaverDue Date: Monday, November 23, 2009Geography 143 – Final ProjectExplanation:
The goal of my exhibit is to present the issues of water quantity and quality problems in developing countries around theworld. As populations increase and climates change, the strain upon our water supply is felt more and more. Newly urbanizing citiesare drastically increasing their consumption of water, and most of this growth is occurring in regions already classified as water scarceor vulnerable. I have always been intrigued by the fact that water is a finite resource, yet, most treat it as if the supply wasinexhaustible. In America we turn on the faucet and are immediately presented with an endless abundance of clean, safe water. Theidea that most of the world does not have this same luxury is not, in my opinion, highlighted as much as famines or food shortages. Ichose to focus on this topic because I wanted to draw attention to the fact that a global water crisis is not only probable, but imminent.Over the summer I had the opportunity to travel to Morocco and study the effects that modern verses traditional methods of water extraction had upon the region. It was shocking for me to learn that in just the past few years the region’s rapid demand for water hadresulted in drastically lowering underground water levels. The prevalence of diesel powered wells over traditional hand drawn oneshas only mitigated this. Unusually long droughts in the region have increased the demand for irrigation of crops, and as Morocco’s population increases so does the demand both for agricultural and domestic consumption. Watching women wait in long lines for tankers bringing them their daily water allowance really hit home to me that the way in which water is being utilized today is wholly
unsustainable. Climate change will bring with it a myriad of other effects on the world water supply as well, such as glacial meltingand increased drought. My experience in Morocco and my study of how climate change will affect the environment has given me agreater interest in the subject of water supply.To create my annotated bibliography I began by analyzing World Bank reports, as I have previously found them to havecredible and detailed information on urban and health issues around the world. These documents gave me a good starting off point to begin my subsequent research. The bulk of my bibliographic materials are from the library, which has a huge section on water supplyand management literature. I also used the search engines Aladin and Proquest to look up journal articles on the topic. These weremost useful to me in that their endnotes gave me information on good websites and books to look up.I found that the most difficult part of this project was deciding how to focus and organize my information in the best possibleway. My overall topic of “Water” is so general that I was not really sure of how to begin. I noticed that at the museum exhibit many of the panels began very simply to describe the issue and then became more in depth, so that is also what I attempted to do. My largest problem was in focusing my research to include everything that I wanted to, but still make the slides flow into one another. The issueis so multi-faceted that I thought using a case study of one city (New Delhi) and the problems seen there might lend more clarity to the project. I also knew that I wanted to include information on how water quality affects public health, and I had to force myself not tospend too much of my time on this aspect. My intention was to make sure that my panels gave a brief, yet comprehensive overview of 
the entirety of the issue so that my audience could walk away with a decent foundation for future study. Organizing and focusing myresearch was very difficult for me and I know that I could have gone on for at least another ten slides.The Green Communities exhibit greatly helped as it gave me an idea of how to set up my project and information. I have never had an assignment like this one before, and even though I have been to dozens of museums I have never gone with the knowledge thatI would have to create an exhibit myself. I now have a much greater appreciation for exhibit curators! Without analyzing the structureand content of the panels at the National Building Museum I would have had little idea as to how I should market my information to ageneral audience. My criticisms of the exhibit also helped me formulate my project. I found that most of the panels were saturatedwith information, graphics and quotes, to such a degree that I could not focus my attention properly. Thus, I knew that I wanted myown panels to provide information simply and cleanly, without a lot of extraneous detail. I hope that I have accomplished this.Without a doubt the Green Communities exhibit was necessary in providing me with a real-world example of how I should structuremy project.

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