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People-powered research: Citizen science makes microplastics discovery at Lake Tahoe possible

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SQUARE Pipe Keeper volunteers in action Credit League to Save Lake TahoeIn citizen science projects, community members utilize their curiosity, enthusiasm, and talents alongside professional scientists in real-world research projects. That’s precisely what Lake Tahoe locals did this summer to help DRI scientists identify microplastic pollution in the Lake for the first time ever. 

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Donor-powered research solving critical environmental problems

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Zoe Harrold sampling for microplastics in Lake Tahoe April 2019Thanks to our donors, seed grants were awarded to eight teams of DRI researchers last year through the Innovation Research Program (IRP), which provides the resources DRI scientists need to pursue groundbreaking new projects. In this blog, you can explore the projects that science enthusiasts like you have made possible.

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The WASH Capacity Building Program: An interview with Braimah Apambire, Ph.D.

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111919 Apambire10 sqBraimah Apambire, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for International Water and Sustainability (CIWAS) at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and an expert in international Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We recently sat down with Braimah to get an update on DRI's WASH Capacity Building Program and to learn some of the history behind his and DRI’s involvement in the WASH sector in Ghana.

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Science of Place: DRI researchers and teachers develop localized science lessons for Native American classrooms

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2019 NWAL1 sqClimate change, in the abstract, can be a difficult phenomenon to comprehend – but on the ground, youth from Native American reservations in Arizona are already experiencing everyday impacts in the form of droughts and warming temperatures.

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Evaluation of Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) in the Urban Wetland Ecosystem: Las Vegas Wash

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DSC01435Antibiotic resistance is an increasing environmental and public health concern as more antibiotics enter urban waterways and treated wastewater is increasingly used to supplement limited water resources. A team of DRI researchers is beginning to investigate this issue in the Las Vegas Wash.

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Into the Plume: Advancing Fire Science Using Drone Technology

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SQUARE Researchers and drone at FASMEE June 2019 Credit Dave VuonoThis June, five DRI researchers went on a unique kind of camping trip. They and nearly 35 other scientists spent several days and nights in a remote area of central Utah’s Fishlake National Forest to do something that’s never been done before: to light 2000 acres of forest on fire for the biggest prescribed fire experiment yet attempted.

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Problem Plastic: Investigating Microplastic Pollution in Nevada’s Waterways

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DSC06978Microplastics are plastic pieces ranging in size from 5mm to microscopic particles, in other words, the size of a pencil’s eraser or smaller. They've been found everywhere from the air we breathe to the deep ocean. A team of DRI researchers have begun to investigate these increasingly troubling pollutants in two bodies of freshwater in Nevada: Lake Tahoe and the Las Vegas Wash.

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