Project ID



Women farmland owners in Iowa’s Raccoon River watershed were engaged in a community-based project using Photovoice, a participatory research method, to take photos and tell the stories of how those photos show their connection to the watershed.

Key Question

How might Photovoice, rooted in loval experiences, help to create a community-based dialogue about water quality issues?


This participatory approach to water quality conversations was an effective method of engagement, and contributed to a sustained dialogue. The photographers and PIs have organized an ongoing series of exhibits around Iowa, and continue to engage in conversation with media, community members, and one another about water quality in their watershed. This demonstrates effectiveness in building community among the participants and inspiring project ownership.

Principal Investigator(s)

Betty Wells


Angie Carter, Augustana College

Year of Grant Completion