Ag Department works to conserve Abilene water

Posted March 03, 2011

ACU's Rhoden Farm is now better prepared to conserve one of Abilene's most precious resources: water. A new water catchment project has provided a 16,000-gallon tank that will be used to water raised bed gardens in the surrounding area.

"By using natural rain water we've collected, we're conserving the city's treated water," says Dr. Michael Nicodemus, assistant professor of environmental science.

Students in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science are a large part of the research for both the water catchment project and the raised bed project.

"Working on this project has taught me to apply what I have learned in a classroom in a practical way," said Mandy Wilson, sophomore animal science pre-vet major from Upland, Calif. "It is amazing how it has brought together the many aspects of my education into one design."

The AES department believes in providing students with hands-on experience, and this project has expanded that experience. They also have a commitment to working toward a better environment.

"It's been extremely beneficial to have hands-on experience with the construction, testing and experimentation of the catchment system," says Erika Carley, sophomore agricultural business and communications major from Auburn, Calif. "I'm also proud of the department’s mission to take an active role in implementing equipment that promotes sustainable agriculture."

Learn more about the project at the department blog.