Alma Anides Morales is a 2019 recipient of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program.
Alma's project is in collaboration with Cochise Health and Social Services to sample and analyze the chronic untreated effluent flowing north into Naco, Arizona, a town of about 1,000 residents in the US-Mexico border. The sewage flows are a community concern as sewage flow is in close proximity to a school, private property, and eventually discharges into tributaries of the San Pedro River. The study will center on the determining potential environmental impacts and health risks for residents. Information produced will be used to help inform residents and assist CHSS in their preparedness and response to such events.