City Officials in Charleston, Arkansas Look to GLOBE Student Data to Alleviate the Impacts of Recent Water Shortages


Teacher Gloria Eiland, left, and students take rainfall measurements on the football field of their school.

In Charleston, Arkansas, there have been ongoing drought conditions for the past several years. Unfortunately, city planners did not have the data needed to address the drought situation. Gloria Eiland, a teacher at Charleston Elementary wrote, "As our city water supply fell to an all- time low, the community started asking questions that only the GLOBE students could answer." GLOBE students and their teacher, Gloria Eiland, from Charleston Elementary School have been collecting and compiling this data of annual rainfall levels for the past ten years. Now city planners and residents are using the data collected to implement water restrictions, which would lessen the effects of the low water supply.

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01 March 2007




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