The University of Iowa

Well Head Protection at Camp Courageous

Group of students and Camp Courageous officials discussing Wellhead Protection project
Academic Year 
2021-2022
College/Department 
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students will explore alternatives and make recommendations to reduce contaminants in the source water that serves Camp Courageous. 

Camp Courageous is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides year-round recreational and respite care opportunities for individuals with special needs.
Camp Courageous offers a variety of services including week long camp sessions, respite care weekends, winter camper care, family camp sessions, outdoor education sessions, and Courageous Travels. The camp operates primarily on donations without government assistance, formal sponsorship, or paid fundraisers. On an annual basis, Camp Courageous serves thousands of individuals with special needs ranging in age from 1 to 105.

Camp Courageous officials are actively looking at alternative methods for protecting their drinking water wells. They are seeking to identify contaminant sources and to reduce future risk to the drinking water source (both water quality and quantity) through pro-active technical assessments, planning, and suggested project implementation.  Some objectives will be to evaluate the potential of reducing contaminants in stormwater, acknowledging and addressing contaminants in groundwater, investigating alternative drinking water treatment processes, and developing a wellhead protection management plan for the camp.