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Supercomputing Challenge

Water Conservation in Cochiti Pueblo

Team: 99


Area of Science: Environmental

Problem Definition
Water conservation, while not such a big problem for most city folks, is a serious threat to the traditional ways of the Native People of Cochiti Pueblo. The water from the dam of Cochiti provides a lot of the tribal people’s water supply. What affects would a drought have on water levels and tribal people? Therefore, how will the loss of rainfall affect the people uses of the dams water?

Problem Solution
The people would have to cut down on the amount of water they use per day or they would have to set a standard amount of water usage for every household. Another variable that can’t be controlled are animals. The animals must be kept away from drinking the dam water; otherwise the animals will contribute to the decrease of water in the dam.

Progress To Date
At this time we have talked with a couple of people from Cochiti Pueblo. We have discussed the ideas of getting copies of documents of the water levels of the dam in the past years. Also we discussed the possibility of handing out questionnaire’s that ask people how much water consumption they use per day on average. We have begun to create our survey for them to fill out. Finally, we have begun designing what we want our model (StarLogo) to look like and all possible factors that may cause the water levels to decrease or increase.

Expected Results
We expect that the Native People will have to adjust to their new limits of water. We will assume that the natives will use more water than the amount that is coming in. In conclusion, we believe that depending on the extent of the drought we would determine whether or not the dam would eventually dry up.

Word Cited
1. Jacobson, Robert. Water: no longer taken for granted. 2005 ed. Farmington Hills: Thomson Gale, 2006.
2. Kourik, Robert. Drip irrigation for every landscape and all climates: helping your garden flourish, while conserving water! Santa Rosa, Ca: Metamorphic Press, 1992.
3. Lang, Susan. Garden watering systems. 1st ed. Menlo Park, Ca: Sunset Books, 1999.
4. Gallant, Roy. Water: our precious resource. New York, NY: Benchmark Books, 2003.
5. Cumming, David. Rivers and lakes. New York, NY: Thomson Learning, 1995.

Team Members: Jon Naranjo, Jonathan Cata, Kelly Francisco

Sponsoring Teachers: Kate Sallah, Mary Neikirk

Team Members:

  Jonathan Cata
  Kelly Francisco
  Jonathan Naranjo

Sponsoring Teacher: Mary Neikirk

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