WEEL has some very exciting news to share! The Tres Rios Constructed Tertiary Treatment Wetland was recently featured in a short documentary, and the film contains some footage of our very own Dan Childers, Chris Sanchez, and Brick Cummins, an awesome undergraduate student who has been working with WEEL this semester. The film was created as part of a sustainability story-telling class taught by Peter Byck, an ASU Professor of Practice who works with both the School of Sustainability (SoS) and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Students in the class worked in diverse groups representing both of these schools to create short, 5-minute documentaries on a variety of local sustainability related topics.
One group, comprised of SoS graduate students Suzanne Jumper and Yeowan Kim, as well as Cronkite school undergraduate Johnathan Rugg, decided to focus their documentary on Tres Rios. They did a fantastic job, capturing the purpose and context of the system and the central research questions that WEEL is investigating in our work there. Additionally, they shared perspectives from not just WEEL but also the City of Phoenix Water Services Department and the Audubon Society. To film part of the documentary, we invited the group on one of our regular field sampling trips and had them join us out in the marsh, waders and all! Working with them was a great time, and it was fun to show them what working in this "working wetland" is all about! Follow the Vimeo link below to watch the film, and check out some awesome behind-the-scenes photos of Dan getting interviewed by the film crew at Tres Rios! Congratulations to Suzanne, Yeowan and Johnathan for putting together a wonderful documentary!
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