Beaver Economy

Environment
Sustainability
2011

Team:

Allison Grocela, Carlos Sarria, Chris Huston, Jennifer Gill

Liaisons:

Sponsors:

Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS)

Project website:

This Interactive Qualifying project assessed the impact of beavers on the Santa Fe River and surrounding community. To do this the group gathered data from the Santa Fe Girls’ School. This data provided a panoramic view of the impact of beavers. During the time they collected data, a colony of beavers moved into a location upstream of their site and then moved out two years later. We also gathered information from the Santa Fe Indian School. We took measurements at their data collection sites both upstream and downstream of the beaver habitat. Using this information, the group assessed the impacts of beaver habitats on the surrounding ecosystem. We found that beaver ponds help revitalize aquifers. Then the group assessed the impact of beaver habitats on human activities. The analysis showed no direct consequences from the beaver habitat on the Santa Fe Airport. Three have been no wildlife strikes at the Santa Fe Airport since the time the beavers arrived. In response to the needs of the community, we created an education platform for the sharing of information on the Santa Fe River. It is designed to facilitate easy communication between educators and students studying the Santa Fe River. We also created a video aimed at dispelling the negative sentiments of locals about beavers by describing their positive impacts and providing ways of managing beaver flooding

Our Mission:

The goal of this project is to assess the impacts of beavers on the ecosystem of the Santa Fe River and on human activites in conjunction with Riversource and the Santa Fe Indian School.
Our Objectives:
  • To assess the impacts of beaver habitats on the Santa Fe River ecosystem.
  • To assess the impacts of beaver habitats on human activities.
  • To develop an education platform for the continued monitoring of the Santa Fe River ecosystem.