The Groundwater Connections project works to connect researchers, community members and educators. The purpose of an integrated approach is to dismantle barriers between scientific research, community engagement, and science education. This approach allows researchers to provide access to current research and expertise in data analysis, engage the community in data collection and groundwater monitoring, and enable science educators to focus on local groundwater processes and issues. An integrated approach provides opportunity for scientific knowledge to reach a wider audience, make local research more accessible to the community, and help people feel they are contributing to the goals of the project.
This project is a partnership between the University of Calgary, the Biogeoscience Institute and Rocky View County. We are excited to be incorporating a blog into our website to allow for more interaction. The Groundwater Connections website is anticipated to be launched by the end of January 2013.