Since the milestone completion of the watergate, this project has been recognized for its tremendous efforts. Our NYC chapter was recently featured by Nationals for this dam project.


Meetings and Vetiver...

Meeting at military site

These past few weeks have been focused on meetings with the Military, District leaders, Commune leaders, and village leaders. Last week was the first meeting where all were able to meet at one place. Our main topic of discussion was the canal construction which was due to begin yesterday, however, due to malfunctioning equipment is delayed till tomorrow. Also discussed was the erosion control measures for the embankment as well as the proposed laterite roadway.

Dr. Paul Truong of the Vetiver Network
(photo credit: www.hydromulch.co.za/vetiver-grass.htm)

Tobias recently took a trip to Bangkok to inquire about Vetiver grass, which we hope to use along the embankment. A tropical grass that grows locally has many uses from slope stabilization to prevention and treatment of contaminated water and land. This grass with its amazing root structure could be the answer to our erosion issues. We were given some samples to test out for ourselves.


Award-Winning Poster in Denver!

More accolades for this landmark project are in order for being presented on February 27, 2009 in Denver at Kleinfelder's 23rd Professional Development and Technical Training Seminar during the poster session. With the help of the intricately-crafted watergate model created by Hank Dombrowski and miniatures sculpted by Noa Bornstein, over 1,500 seminar attendees were exposed to our little project half-way round the globe.

And best of all, the poster won the award for "Best Poster Presentation" out of a total of 41 other presentations.