FogQuest: sustainable water solutions, also referred to as FogQuest on this website, is a not-for-profit limited liability corporation that is incorporated in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is also a Registered Charity with the Government of Canada.
Charitable registration number: 87420 1312 RR0001
Mailing address: 448 Monarch Place,
Kamloops BC, V2E 2B2 Canada
How FogQuest Started
The constant demand for projects to provide water in places where conventional sources (wells, rivers, pipelines, desalination) were unavailable, and the tremendous interest in the 1998 and 2001 International Conferences on Fog and Fog Collection led to the formation of FogQuest. FogQuest was founded in 2000 by Dr. Robert Schemenauer and Sherry Bennett and has become actively engaged in projects and in fundraising since the completion of the second International Conference on Fog and Fog Collection in July 2001. Dr. Schemenauer was the chairman of these first two conferences. Nine successful conferences have now been held at intervals of three years.
FogQuest builds upon the experience gained in projects conducted since 1987, which, even with limited funding, had shown the viability and effectiveness of using fog collectors to produce clean water for people in the deserts of South America and Africa. Interest extends well beyond these continents and there are active groups studying fog collection in California and locations in Europe and Asia.
How FogQuest Operates
FogQuest is a small, all-volunteer charity. No salaries are paid. In addition, we make every attempt to minimize costs associated with the office, travel, publications, etc. In many cases, travel has been paid or subsidized by the volunteers working on the project. The charity’s operation is under the direction of three directors and an executive director who is in charge of day-to-day operations.
FogQuest receives its operating funds from three sources: grants from institutions for field projects; donations from individuals and corporations; and annual membership fees paid by individuals. Donations from sources in Canada will receive a receipt for tax purposes. The annual membership fee is modest and allows access to the extensive FogQuest library.
Please visit the volunteer staff of FogQuest, this will not only let you know who is doing what but give you an idea of the expertise and experience we can bring to bear on solving water problems. A significant portion of the staff are based in Chile. Their language skills, intimate knowledge of Latin America and access to the region have provided major benefits to the people served by our projects.