FogQuest Plans and Operations Moving Forward

FogQuest has been in operation as a small, all-volunteer, charity since the year 2000. After 23 years of initiating and carrying out fog collection field projects, training groups and individuals on site evaluation and operation of fog projects, plus providing guidance through correspondence and personal interactions, we have decided that it is necessary to change our direction somewhat.

In part because of the complications brought on by the COVID pandemic and the resulting travel chaos, we have decided to no longer actively undertake field projects. Our focus will move to providing mentoring and assistance to individuals and groups wishing to initiate new projects or revive old projects. We will do this by continuing our responses to queries that come in on an almost daily basis and through the provision of materials on our website. This includes the 160-page FogQuest Manual, which has about 300 colour illustrations, and provides extensive background on both fog and fog collection. Other features on our website will be updated in the coming months and you can access information through the FAQ section and, soon, a totally new Library section.

We thank all of our supporters for their continuing help and appreciate everyone who is fascinated by the possibilities of fog collection.

FogQuest 2022 Field Manual

9th International Conference of Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, 23 – 28 July, 2023

Details about the conference are linked here. The conference series, is now conducted under the auspices of the International Fog and Dew Association (IFDA). It aims to foster exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas on topics related to fog, fog collection and dew.

Dr. Jeff Collett, the conference chair writes: The conference had 134 registered attendees from 27 countries and many additional guests. More than 40 of the conference participants were students – a great turnout and a positive sign for the future of the field. Funding from NSF helped bring 14 students to the conference. The conference followed the tradition set in the first conference in the series, with a midweek excursion, and an evening banquet with live music as highlights of the week. The excursion to Rocky Mountain National Park went well and featured beautiful scenery, some wildlife sightings, a mountain thunderstorm with graupel, and good conversation.  The banquet was set in a wonderful space high in the CSU football stadium with one side overlooking the field and the other facing the mountains. 

The next conference will be held in 2026 at a time and location to be announced.

New FogQuest Library Available on Our Website

The new FogQuest Library section is now available on our website. This is a unique contribution to accessing a wide range of papers and documents that have been published related to fog collection. There are presently about 400 scanned journal papers, theses, reports, and documents in the library. Each document can be downloaded. Many of these are very difficult to find elsewhere. They may be from old publications dating back to as far as the 1800s, or from obscure field reports, or publications in languages other than English. Currently, papers are divided into those relevant to 27 countries as well as 8 other categories.

We do not endorse the statements in each document or the conclusions reached by the authors. Visitors to this site should make their own critical examination of the results and conclusions. This is especially true of non-peer-reviewed documents such as theses and institutional reports.

This is not a collection of recent publications on fog and fog collection. Recent publications can be accessed through the journals directly or from science aggregating sites.

Access to the library requires payment of a small sum to FogQuest, as a one-year membership cost, which allows unlimited downloads of the publications. The goal is to provide reference material to individuals in the form of a library, not to make the publications freely available on the Internet. The fees are used to support the operation of our charity.

Copyright Notice
Some of the papers presented in the library have a copyright restriction on their use. They are made available for your own personal research purposes. They may not be copied for commercial purposes and may not be inserted, in whole or in part, into other documents without the permission of the copyright holder. Reference to the ideas of the authors of the papers should be properly cited in your publications.

Requests from Students for Project Assistance

This time of the year we are pleased to see a great number of projects on fog collection being undertaken by university and high school students throughout the world. This new generation of young people will be the engineers, scientists, and development experts of the future.

We do our best to answer all requests for help that come in through our contact email address; however, please be patient as our charity is operated by volunteers and it takes some time to deal with the incoming messages.

New video update from Guatemala

Here’s a new video showing our project work in Tojquia, Guatemala.

New Tojquia project
Video report from Guatemala

New Tojquia project completed

New collectors provide water to the school

The project mentioned in our last newsletter – the construction of a double panel large fog collector and the renovation of an adjacent greenhouse in Tojquia, Guatemala, has now been completed.  FogQuest volunteers Pablo Osses and Tony Makepeace helped guide the volunteer effort of the townspeople who constructed the project in late January. 

FogQuest has been working with the people in the village of Tojquia, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, since 2006. It is an ongoing project to utilize large fog collectors to provide water for the needs of the people on their farms during the dry winter season. Together we have constructed 40 large fog collectors along with the installation of plastic water tanks to store the water. This has been a very successful project and a demonstration of the long-term viability of fog collection projects when they are conducted with the cooperation of the villagers. These fog collectors provide about 8000 L per day of fog water to the families during the winter season when rain is largely absent.

The collectors and the greenhouse are located next to the local schoolhouse. The water supply from the new fog collectors will be used to irrigate a vegetable garden in the renovated greenhouse as well as supply the water needs of the school.   The schoolteacher and students assisted in the completion of the project.

We thank the Cloud Appreciation Society for their support of this project, as well as Rotary International.  The Guatemalan firm TOCOSA provided valuable assistance with supplies and logistics. We also thank our our donors and members for their continued support.

Large two panel collector in final stages of completion
Thanks to our sponsors
Thanks to the Cloud Appreciation Society
Greenhouse under construction
The new collectors provide water to the adjacent school
The climate in the western highlands of Guatemala is conducive to fog collection

Project expansion complete in Tojquia

Here’s a gallery of the new and completed fog collectors recently  installed as a project expansion in Tojquia, Guatemala.  Thanks to Nicolas Zanetta for these images.

Tojquia project expansion underway!

FogQuest volunteers Tony Makepeace and Nicolas Zanetta recently oversaw the construction of the first two of five large fog collectors in the rural settlement of Tojquia, Guatemala. The local people are participating in the construction.

The very capable local men will take over and complete all five collectors. When the construction is complete, each collector will provide between 200 and 400 litres of fresh water daily.

Thanks to all of our sponsors, and a special thanks to the Rotary Club of Guatemala City, as well as the Cloud Appreciation Society in the U.K.

Tojquia project expansion – Nico Zanetta meets with representative of the Rotary Club Guatemala

Between 27 and 30 August, Nicolás Zanetta Colombo, Village Project implementer of FogQuest, is visiting Guatemala with the aim of refining the details of a new process of installing fog collectors in the locality of Tojquia. On this occasion, and as in previous processes, we have met with Eng. Marco Antonio “Tocono” Ortiz, General Manager of the company Tocosa and representative of the Rotary Club Guatemala Las Americas, who, together with his team, has provided time and Support for the search of the materials required for the installation and other logistical aspects.

We hope to continue to count on the support of Marco Antonio, the Tocosa group and the Rotary Club Guatemala Las Americas so that the project in Tojquia continues to grow and can benefit more families. We are confident that together we can advance the great challenge of delivering fresh water to communities in need in this country.