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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • GUEST COLUMN: Environmental course to provide water quality tests

  • Access to clean water is one of today’s biggest environmental concerns. This issue does not just concern developing countries, but this problem is on our own backyard troubling many rural and urban parts of the United States.
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  • Access to clean water is one of today’s biggest environmental concerns. This issue does not just concern developing countries, but this problem is on our own backyard troubling many rural and urban parts of the United States. Recently I was granted a fellowship from the Kansas Campus Compact to develop a project that would enhance student-learning experiences in the classroom, but also would provide our community with service. Given the importance of water in our everyday lives, the uncertainty that many people in our county (especially rural inhabitants) may have regarding water quality, and the cost of water quality testing, I knew free water testing is a service that is both needed and relevant to the curriculum in McPherson College’s Environmental courses: Environmental Biology, Environmental Science and Environmental Chemistry. As a part of your free water quality analysis, we will measure a variety of common contaminants, assess their levels relative to EPA safe ranges, and develop a full report based on our findings.
    This article serves two purposes, first, to let you know that this service exists and is free of cost. Second, to urge you to use this service, as my Environmental Biology class is depending on having samples to analyze in the lab component of their course this year. This service will continue through next semester and hopefully beyond the 2012-13 school year. If you are interested in this service, please contact me via email wilgersd@mcpherson.edu. I will need one liter of water, your name and address, and a way to contact you when the results are in. I can come and collect your water sample I ask that you please be patient with your results, as they will likely be done by the end of the semester. There is a possibility that if we have more samples submitted than can be handled by my class, your sample may need to wait until the spring semester. I would really appreciate your support and participation in this worthwhile endeavor.

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