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Data to Action: A Secondary School-Based Citizen Science Project to Address Arsenic Contamination of Well Water

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The All About Arsenic Project

 “Data to Action: A Secondary School-Based Citizen Science Project to Address Arsenic Contamination of Well Water” is a 5-year NIH-NIGMS Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) to create and pilot a national model of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. This project aims to engage students as citizen scientists and provide them with the tools and skills to test wells in their communities and analyze the data. As part of the project, students will: 

  • Use the scientific process to ask real-world questions about drinking water contamination. 
  • Collect well water samples in their communities. 
  • Analyze data and answer questions using data they, and other students in Maine and New Hampshire, collected. 
  • Use data to increase awareness about the importance of having your well tested.
  • Mobilize their communities to address issues related to private well water safety through community meetings, forums, and events. 

Resources for Households

Helpful information: MAINE METALS FACT SHEET.pdf Download MAINE IN-STATE COMMERCIAL DRINKING WATER LABS Download Websites for more information: "Maine CDC": Information on arsenic in drinking water by the Maine Centers for Disease...

Articles and News

Arsenic-related articles and news October 17, 2022 Digging Deep: Students Well-Equipped to Make Change May 13, 2022 Funding Helps Expand Arsenic Awareness Program March 1, 2022 Westbrook students’ science project makes impact i...

Why Arsenic?

A USGS model published in 2017 predicts 2.1 million people in the United States drink well water containing arsenic above the EPA Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 ug/L. The map above shows the probability of finding arsenic greater than 10 ug/L in wells...

All About Arsenic Curriculum

Curriculum ideas, resources, and materials can be found here.

Case Studies

Each person creates a case study at the conclusion of their groundwater project, providing inspiration around curricular activities, strategies for building school-community connections in stewardship of groundwater, and replicable project design. Download...

Drinking Water Data

This page is a central resource for data originating from the All About Arsenic project! Use the map to explore arsenic samples collected in the course of this project. Hexagons are shaded by the total number of samples collected; locations are...

FAQs

How do I check my sample results? How to check your results Download How do I know what my results mean? The Be Well  Informed Guide from NHDES is designed to help you understand your water test results and, if your well water...

For Samplers

To register a sample, visit the All About Arsenic data entry sheet on Anecdata.org. Water sampling data are available to analyze on the Tuva analysis portal. To check for a sample's lab results, enter your sample ID code below:

Lead in Drinking Water

Lead is one of the most dangerous drinking water contaminants. It is a cumulative toxicant, which means that it builds up in the human body over time and cannot be expelled. Stringent guidelines set by the Environmental Protection...

Teacher & Scientist Partner Resources

As teachers implement citizen science projects in their classrooms, they will work with local scientists recruited mostly from Maine and New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) partner institutions. Teachers and Scientist...

Project Team

Learn more about the All About Arsenic team