Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences


Geological Sciences

First Reader/Committee Chair

Alford, Jennifer


High quality water is an important resource that is integral to supporting environmental and human health. It is essential for economic, social and environmental purposes. Impairments to water resources can be attributed to anthropogenic sources that are associated with terrestrial activities including urban development and agricultural activities. Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an approach that can be used to include community input to improve water management strategies. In the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) area in southern California, there are disadvantaged communities that can benefit from a CBPR study to increase water quality in the area. A geovisualization tool will be used to identify community stakeholders in the area’s water, identify issues and create a more inclusive and informed community that can make well informed decisions on the area’s water management.