American readers of this site will be very aware of the lack of water at present for both the urban areas and for agriculture in California. As a result of this we get many questions about whether the collection of fog water may be a solution or partial solution to the water problems. In fact, it can be a valuable source of water in selected locations along the California coast; however, it will not be the answer to water shortages experienced in cities or for the immense agricultural areas in the interior valleys.
We answer questions as best we can, provide advice on using the small Standard Fog Collector to evaluate fog collection at specific locations, and send out mesh so people can build their own SFCs on their properties. Below in this section is an article about how Chris Fogliatti in the San Francisco Bay Area is working with several groups to make measurements with SFCs. We have also had a long-standing relationship with Prof. Daniel Fernandez in Monterey who is doing scientific studies using SFCs.
7th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection and Dew To be held 24 to 29 July 2016 Wroclaw, Poland
The organizing committee of the “7th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection and Dew” has formally announced that the conference will be held at the University of Wroclaw, Poland from 24-29 July 2016.
We have attached a file with the first brochure for the conference. It contains an outline of the sessions to be held and all of the contact information and prices. We also give below the URL for the fog conference site. We encourage all of those interested in the broad themes of the conference to consider attending. You may contact the organizers directly for any additional information you might require.
FogQuest is not a sponsor of the conference nor an organizer but we have a great interest in the success of the meeting. This conference series started in 1998 in Vancouver, Canada, followed by meetings in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (2001), Cape Town, South Africa (2004), La Serena, Chile (2007), Münster, Germany (2010) and Yokohama, Japan (2013). Dr. Robert Schemenauer, the Executive Director of FogQuest, started the conference series 17 years ago.
This is a news story put together by CFJC TV in Kamloops (British Columbia, Canada) on ourcontinuing fog collection projects in Nepal. It features brief interviews with Robert Schemenauer and Byron Bignell. The fog collection technology was introduced into Nepal about 15 years ago on visits by filmmaker Kevin Kowalchuk and the original FogQuest field project director, Pablo Osses, working in collaboration with Robert Schemenauer. FogQuest works with Canadian based groups NCDC and NCDF as well as the Nepalese NGO NEWAH.
October 2014 – Fog Water for Coastal California : Evaluation at Tilden East Bay Regional Park, San Francisco
It is evident to those who live in California that there is fog along the coast at certain times of the year. The collection of fog by trees was noted in the late 1800s. The value of fog water for sustaining trees and other vegetation was studied in the 1900s and some measurements were made of fog collection rates. There continue to be some studies of fog collection fluxes along the coast in more recent years.
FogQuest is frequently contacted by individuals and institutions in California for our opinion on whether fog collection can be a viable water supply in select locations. Our response is cautiously positive but we emphasize that a proper evaluation using small Standard Fog Collectors (SFCs) must be done to define how much water can be collected and what the seasonality of the water collection is. Very few of these queries from individuals result in measurements that are done in a manner that might be useful in defining the resource. An exception is the initiation of a short-term study by Chris Fogliatti in recent months.
Chris built a modified SFC and some other mesh panels and installed them on Vollmer Peak in Tilden East Bay Regional Park at an elevation of 1820 feet (555 m). This is on the east side of San Francisco Bay above Berkeley. The setup is shown in the photo. At the site he chose, there was fog collection on about one day in three from late September to mid-October. The average collection rate was about 2 liters of water per square meter of mesh per day (a half a gallon per square yard) over the three week period. This is a low rate but would provide a useful source of clean water for vegetation and perhaps other uses. The results are encouraging and Chris plans to build new collectors that closely follow the design of the standard and also will relocate his collectors to potentially better sites. He has a background in environmental toxicology and is also interested in the chemistry of the fog water.
FogQuest is a small charity and Chris is operating on a low budget. If you would like to help support this work and move towards more measurements in the San Francisco area, please make a donation using the PayPal button on our website, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a charity, we are very dependant on donations from our private and corporate supporters. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of our projects by providing financial support in 2013. Many donations are made at year end and receipts for those went out at the end of February 2014. Those who have taken advantage of the CanadaHelps option for donations will have received their receipts directly online at the time of donation. We thank you in advance for your help in 2014. To all those who write to FogQuest for help with your projects, we encourage you to make a donation, no matter how small, to help us provide clean water to those in need.
We are a small not-for-profit organization operating on an all-volunteer basis. As such, we need to be ever mindful of both the financial and human costs in carrying out our projects. We keep our overhead very low by means such as paying no salaries and paying no rent for office space. In the past we have maintained an office capacity to process VISA, MasterCard and AMEX credit card payments. This has significant costs to both maintain the terminal and to pay a percentage of each transaction to the company providing the service. The demand for such capacity has gone down in recent years now that our website accepts PayPal payments plus credit cards for most items we sell and for some services. We are therefore going to stop our office credit card service shortly unless we hear from our members and visitors that there is a substantive reason to retain it.
The fog collection projects in the central interior of Tanzania are progressing well under the direction of the German NGO ped-world, with whom FogQuest is cooperating. Presently there are fog collectors providing water for secondary and primary schools in Quameyu, Umagi, Endabok, Endoji and Gidng’ata. There are 4 to 6 large fog collectors (LFCs) in each location. FogQuest has just sent 10 rolls of the mesh we use in fog collectors, from Chile to Tanzania. This is enough for up to 50 LFCs. It is expected that 10 new LFCs will be built in 2014. The four photos here are courtesy of ped-world and show some of the collectors and water tanks at the schools.
Positive water collection rates from non-standard SFCs are coupled with much enthusiasm. The students at the local school Francisco Jose Lloreda Mera (Francisco Miranda campus) focused on their experiences with fog collection as their final term projects. These student presentations have served to heighten local and regional knowledge about fog collection technology. Local NGOs, university and government stakeholders are hearing from the youth all about the untapped possibilities in their backyards. Catch a glimpse of this emerging project through the short video produced by FUNCO. ¡Disfrútalo! Enjoy!
FogQuest is assisting an Indian NGO called SOCIOserve to begin a fog collection evaluation in the mountains of Tamil Nadu where one SFC is now in Anavattan, which is a region just on the periphery of Poombarai.
Poombarai is a small village close to Kodaikanal. It is at an elevation of about 2200 m in the center of the southern part of the Indian sub-continent. Mesh has been sent to them for the construction of the SFCs and general guidance for the measurement program has been provided.