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Cliff Notes May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Water World

 
     

Like a billion other people worldwide, the villagers of the fishing village of El Barril in Northern Baja had no access to clean drinking water. That was until a team of students from the UCSD Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), formed the “IR/PS Baja Development Project” in the spring of 2003 to help the villagers construct a basic water purification and distribution system. With the assistance of local San Diego businessman Jim Jameson, the students tapped the expertise of hydrologists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to check the water quality of the wells. The measurements for the new water system were completed in the spring and the community broke ground in June 2003. The students, who include former Peace Corps volunteers, Angela Hogg, ’04, Neil Mendenhall, ’04, and Joe Bassett, ’05, hope the water project will serve as a model and catalyst for additional development efforts in El Barril.

Contributors to Cliff Notes:
Karla Devries, '04
Evelyn Hsieh, '05
Jessica Megill, '05
Darren Posey, '05

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