Watershed Moments

Michelle Brkljacic General

Amina Allute from the village Mvae in rural Tanzania used to travel miles each day to fetch water with her children. It took hours. Today, she is excited that water is now located close by with a tap right near her home, allowing her to prepare food when it is needed and grow her own vegetable garden for extra income. …

Beyond the Glitz and Glamor Lies Artisanal Mining

Michelle Brkljacic General

Artisanal mining of resources such as gold and diamonds has historically attracted the world’s poorest populations, trapping them in a cycle of poverty. In addition, it has also had adverse effects on water and environmental quality. In an attempt to reduce artisanal mining’s negative impact on the environment and water quality, the Global Water Institute (GWI) at Ohio State began …

Schwartz Recipient of AGI’s “Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal”

Michelle Brkljacic General

Dr. Franklin W. Schwartz from School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University has been named as the 2021 recipient of the AGI “Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal”. This award is given annually by the American Geosciences Institute in recognition of “consistent contributions of high-quality scientific achievements and service to the Earth Sciences having lasting historic value”. The award …

shed with "Water is Life" painted on side

Water is a Human Right, Right?

Michelle Brkljacic General

In recognition of World Water Day on March 22, the Global Water Institute is hosting a panel discussion and Q&A around this year’s World Water Day Theme: Valuing Water. Water is a Human Right, Right? Water Access Issues Facing First Nations and Low-Income Communities will explore how different communities value water, and issues around water access in those communities. Over the past …

Man drinks from water pump

Global Water Institute leads effort to improve water and food security with the Navajo Nation

Michelle Brkljacic General

A new effort led by researchers at The Ohio State University will help the Navajo Nation mitigate the lack of water and food security at a time when the Navajo communities are facing new challenges due to COVID-19. The Global Water Institute (GWI) is partnering with the Navajo Nation and a consortium of partners including Assist International, Netafim, Suez WTS USA, Inc., WorldServe International and the Duke University …

GWI Student Advisory Board Completes a Successful First Semester

Michelle Brkljacic General

GWI has established a Student Advisory Board (SAB) to provide insight and advice on student issues, goals, and programming gaps related to water. This will help GWI better align its current programming with student needs and create new initiatives based on student input. In addition to GWI’s student assistants and capstone/study abroad sponsorships, the SAB provides another way for Ohio …

GWI Director to Lead Wilds Research Project

Michelle Brkljacic General

With the recent trend towards cleaner energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, there is work being done to determine the impacts of shale-gas production and limit its environmental impact. A highly interdisciplinary team has come together for a project to address these concerns, including GWI’s Executive Director Dr. Tom Darrah serving as PI. Other team members are post-doctoral researcher Dr. …

Engineers Without Borders Partners with Green Columbus to Bring More Trees to the City

Michelle Brkljacic General

In the midst of such a tumultuous time, there is hopeful work being done in the communities of Linden and Hilltop. The Ohio State chapter of Engineers Without Borders has partnered with Green Columbus to expand the capacity of their work involving tree nurseries. Green Columbus is a non-profit that works to increase sustainable living and environmental education in central …

Trees for the Future Sustainable Forest Gardening Program a Huge Success in GWI Pilot Villages

Michelle Brkljacic General

The Global Water Institute’s partner organization, Trees for the Future, has successfully implemented their Forest Garden Training Project in the villages of Mughanga and Ghalunyangu in the Singida region of Tanzania. In an area with severe poverty, food insecurity and land degradation, this project has led to significant improvements in the day-to-day lives of the participants. The project began in …

Responding to COVID-19

Michelle Brkljacic General

Like the rest of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected GWI’s work. Travel and public gathering restrictions in Tanzania have impacted our partners’ ability to work, further compounding an extremely heavy rainy season that has caused destructive flooding in our partner communities. Work to complete installation of sustainable water systems in 15 villages through the WADA project, originally scheduled …