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Monitoring the Rio Chili


Estefania Lazo-Herencia and Jack Goodman again join Austin News Real's Pam Thompson, this time to show video footage from their trip to monitor water quality of the Rio Chili, upstream and downstream of Arequipa, Peru.The Rio Chili flows from the Andes Mountains to Estefania 's hometown of Arequipa, Peru. The Rio Chili passes through Arequipa in much the same way that the Colorado River flows through Austin.Upstream, the Rio Chili is pristine. Downstream raw sewage flows directly into the river and there is very little life. Estefania was a Colorado River Watch student in her teens in Austin and is now a Geology/Geography student at the University of Texas at Austin. Jack is on the board of the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and a board member of the Save Barton Creek Association. He is a former Executive Director of the Colorado River Watch Foundation.She and Jack traveled to Peru and took water quality samples along the Rio Chili to demonstrate the extent of water pollution and to try to improve conditions for the river. Education proved to be the key to improving the river's health and that of the local inhabitants, so the "Friends of the Rio Chili" was formed.iconmedia's Pam Thompson and Stefan Wray produce Austin News Real in the studios of channelAustin. This Austin News Real program aired on channelAustin 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on February 19, 2009. channelAustin is Austin's community television and digital media center. See www.channelaustin.org