Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Peet, R. Creighton

Project Center

Windhoek, Namibia


Mariental, Namibia experienced a severe flood in 2006.The Mariental Flood Task Force concluded that reeds in the Fish River contributed to the flooding and need to be removed. This report, prepared for the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, investigated using the reeds for income-generating activities. We investigated the characteristics of the reeds, the market potential for reed products, and evaluated the interests of the stakeholders in participating in a reed business initiative. The results showed the reeds have potential for generating income.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs