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Hollin Meadows Elementary School Garden Project [DOMESTIC PROJECT] - On Going

Project Background

Hollin Meadows Elementary School Garden Project (Alexandria, VA)

School is looking to institute a full-size production garden over the summer and would like to pursue formal partnership for this element. Julius: connect with Jon, Kat and EWB-USA/CEC to find out what we need to do to make this a direct-adopt domestic project.

Next Steps

Start on the next stage of the project once the application submitted.

Additionally, George Mason students are part of an organization called Engineers For International Development. They would also be interested in helping out, a good chance for collaboration, and they have experience in international and domestic civil and environmental projects.

Finished the final steps for the garden over the weekend. Tested that pump works and that there are no major leaks.


Independence Village (Charlotte Hall, Maryland) - Project Closing Out

Project Background

The Independence Village project was adopted in May 2018. Located in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, this CECorps project is EWB-NOVA’s second domestic project. The community is comprised of 24 homes that operate on their own water well system. Since installing the well in 1973, there have been multiple repairs and the pump has been lowered twice. The community has been maintaining this independent system and has been working with the SERCAP organization for improving the water distribution with CECorps. Since adopting the project in May of 2018, our team has been talking with the community and completing preliminary research on the project. In July of 2018, we met with the Independence Villag16e Community for the first site visit. From this visit, we were able to collect enough information to submit our Project Work Plan (543), which received approval in August of 2018.


Project Timeline 

May 2018: Application to adopt project (542) submitted and approved.

July 2018: Site visit to meet with community and Project Work Plan (543) submitted.

August 2018: Project Work Plan (543) approved.

September 2018: Community Survey sent to the community.


Next steps

September-October 2018: Planning a second site visit.

November 2018: Status Report to be submitted.

December 2018-February 2019: Draft engineering report for CECorps review.

March 2019: Submit draft engineering report to the community.

April 2019: Meet with the community to discuss the engineering report.

May 2019: Submit a final engineering report to CECorps for approval.

June 2019: Submit final engineering report to the community for future work.

Project Lead – Kat Schmotzer  |  Technical Leads – Sara Schmieg & Christa Lash  |  Responsible Engineer – Bernie Krantz, PE

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El Sauce, Honduras - Water Access Project [Finishing Up]

Project Background

The people of El Sauce, Honduras lack access to clean drinking water and the 500 residents are impacted by waterborne diseases with water supply, maintenance, and contamination issues. Project objectives include providing the community access to clean drinking water, public health education and addressing water supply challenges. The EWB-NOVA project team conducted the first assessment trip in November 2015 to meet the community, evaluate the water system and assess steps for a comprehensive evaluation. Based on the results of the assessment and the priorities of the community, the team plans to implement three projects to address increasing the supply of clean water by digging a well, distributing the water throughout the community, and treating the water. The team traveled for their first implementation trip in July 2017 and successfully completed drilling a well for the community. Due to security concerns, the State department and ISOS (EWB travel insurance provider) have suspended travel to Honduras. The project team is developing a plan to remotely implement the next phase of the project – connect the well to the distribution system. We are searching for in-country contractors and vendors to support our efforts.

Project timeline

April 2015: Chapter acquired project
August 2015: Pre-Assessment Report submitted and approved.
November 2015: Awarded $3,000 Grant; Team’s first Assessment trip to Honduras.
January 2016: Assessment trip report submitted and approved.

July 2016: Alternatives Analysis submitted and approved.

February 2017: Implementation Pre-Trip Plan #1 submitted and approved.

July 2017: Team’s first Implementation trip to Honduras and successful completion of a drilled well.

October 2017: Implementation Post-Trip Report #1 submitted and approved.

Spring 2018: Developing Design portion of Implementation Pre-Trip Plan #2 


Responsible Engineer In Charge – Tarandeep Woo, PE                  

Co-Leads – James Breuninger and Chris Moody

Cedar Gulch, South Dakota - Study for Safe Drinking Water [COMPLETED - July 2016]

Project Background

The EWB-NOVA Chapter worked with the Cedar Gulch 2 community in South Dakota to assess potential treatment technologies and conduct a feasibility study for safe drinking water. The Community’s drinking water supply exceeds EPA primary standards for Gross Alpha and Radium. The team conducted an assessment trip in May 2016 and submitted the Final Report that included alternatives analysis recommendations in July 2016. EWB-NOVA has since completed work on this project.


Project timeline

April/May 2015: Matched project team with community; Awarded Cedar Gulch Project by Community Engineering Corps.
August 2015: Work Plan (#1) submitted and approved (543).

September/October 2015: Began mentorship of South Dakota State University student chapter; SDSU chapter conducts

assessment trip.
November 2015: Engineering Services Agreement submitted and approved (544).
December 2015/ April 2016: Status Reports (#1 & #2) submitted and approved (545).
May 2016: Project team visits Cedar Gulch community and conducts assessment trip.
July 2016: July 2016: Final Report submitted and approved (546).

March 2017: Began Work on 2nd Phase of Project.

June 2017: Submitted Work Plan (#2).

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