Due to human influence, global climate change has negatively impacted many natural resources. One culminating issue regarding climate change is water scarcity. This is an especially dire issue in India, where there is a heavy dependence on groundwater. India depends on groundwater for both human and agricultural consumption, yet this dwindling resource accounts for 40% of their country’s water supply (Yeung, 2019). Sustainability is key when thinking of solutions for managing the groundwater crisis in India. One such solution is a trans-disciplinary research project known as Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater through Village-Level Intervention (MARVI). This project is focused on a network of 250 groundwater wells that spans two watersheds and five villages located in the Aravalli district in Gujarat and the Udaipur district in Rajasthan, India. MARVI collaborates with village-level volunteers referred to as Bhujal Jankaars (BJ) [“groundwater informed”] who monitor every well for groundwater levels and water quality indicators (Maheshwari, 2017). To make this monitoring easier and more affordable for rural communities, prior optimization of the well network has decreased the number of wells necessary to monitor while also decreasing the monitoring from weekly to biweekly.

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