Gateway Science Museum

Every Drop Impact Project

Gateway's Every Drop Impact Project increases awareness of water issues in our region and the impacts of climate change on this precious resource. 

Learn more about this project on Gateway's SciStarter(opens in new window) page!

Join Gateway's Every Drop Impact Project as we learn more about water, that precious resource we all need for survival. Community members are invited to join researchers on a short walk from the museum to Big Chico Creek to collect data. Experience how science works!

Research question: Does water quality vary with water quantity during the dry season (summer) in Big Chico Creek?

Fall Collection Dates:

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  • The Every Drop Impact Project Forum to convene community stakeholders in water conservation and drought planning scenarios this fall 

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    Save the Date: September 14, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
    Gateway received a stipend from the NOAA-funded "Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities" project to host a forum, drawing on community collected data. Results from the GEOS Geochemistry Research Group Community Science water collection project will be used to explore issues surrounding local water availability, use and quality. Online forum attendees will include project partners, undergraduate and graduate students, residents who contributed their well water to the data collection, and representatives from the region’s agricultural community, primarily from fruit and rice growers. 

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Activities Include:

  • GEOS Geochemistry Research Group Community Science Project collaboration to collect water quality data in the region

    Gateway is a public education venue for the CSU, Chico Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences (GEOS) National Science Foundation funded project to highlight the use of an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, a state-of-the-art instrument for trace metal analysis. The GEOS Geochemistry Research Group Community Science project includes data collection and analysis of water samples provided by area residents to study well water and urban storm runoff that picks up pollutants such as heavy metals, petroleum products, pesticides and fertilizers.

  • Museum Without Walls Lecture Series from April 2021 with a focus on water conservation and water quality.

  • Exhibits featuring the sustainability features of our certified LEED Gold building and grounds
  • Water Reclamation Demonstration Project using captured condensation from our HVAC system to be used as irrigation for our native plant garden

Partners (to date):  

Gateway Science Museum -- CSU, Chico Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, Sandrine J. Matiasek, Ph.D., Associate Professor and the Geochemistry Research Group, including: Hannah Aird, PhD, Associate Professor; Jochen Nuester, PhD, Lecturer; Russell Shapiro, PhD, Professor and Rachel Teasdale, PhD, Professor -- CSU, Chico College of Natural Sciences -- Cheri Chastain, Campus Sustainability Manager, Facilities Management and Services -- Megan Kurtz, Camp Fire Campus & Community Liaison, Environmental Resiliency Collaborative --  CSU, Chico Ecological Reserves, Eli Goodsell, Director -- City of Chico, Climate Action Commission, Molly Marcussen, Associate Planner 

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