Ami Zota is an AID volunteer at Raleigh. She is a second generation Indian interested in health, environment, and development issues. She proposes to coduct a community-based research project to examine the
risks associated with industrial water pollution on village livelihood in the Baroda region of Gujarat, India. The region contains the heavily industrialised area known as the "Golden Corridor". She plans to conduct her research by collecting information via library research, water quality testts, individual and group interviews, along with reconnaissance visits. She plans to evaluate the potential health and ecological risks associated with the Nandesari effluent channel, a critical yet typical source of contamination. This project will be conducted with the generous help and support from Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti (PSS). AID has had successful interactions with PSS in the past.
Ami Zota was found to be well qualified to conduct the proposed research project. She has recently finished her B.S. from the environmental science curriculum from the School of Public Health, UNC-Chapell Hill. She also has had an summer-internship with the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey.
The project has many potential beneficiaries. It will provide data to various stakeholders in Gujarat, such as rural residents, governmental and non-governmental agencies, for making informed decisions. It will extend the reasearch experience of PSS, who should
benefit greatly from the results Ami Zota will provide on Heavy metal pollution and their potentially damaging impact on the health of the local population.