Save Crooked Creek! Remediation of a Service Station Site with a Leaking UST
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
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This page first made public: Nov 4, 2005
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
-Detailed hydrogeologic evaluation of site-specific contamination.
-Developing remediation strategies for GW contamination.
-Effective project report preparation and presentation
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
-Develop plausible remediation strategy which minimizes/eliminates source of contamination based on detailed knowledge of site.
-Development of a reasonable budget and timetable for project
Other skills goals for this activity
-Working effectively in small groups with division of responsibilities.
-Writing a report and summary effectively for a geotechnical audience.
-Oral presentation by group members to a diverse audience
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Meet with each student project group every class period, from date of assignment to project completion. Evaluate division of responsibilities among group members. Assess members' knowledge of site. Assess members' development of an effective and realistic remediation strategy, budget and timetable for completion.
Group Reports and Supporting Documents
Drafts of report sections are submitted and reviewed before final project is due at end of course. Report will be graded on organization, writing style and clarity. The body of the report should include sections on the location and history of contamination, site geology, site hydrogeology (surface water and groundwater), remediation strategy, extent of contamination, justification for test hole and monitoring well locations, detailed budget and timetable for implementation and completion of remediation, and a list of resources and references cited. The group also prepares a stand alone executive summary (1 to 2 pages) of the project.
Supporting documents (detailed maps and cross-sections, etc.) are evaluated for accuracy and plausibility, neatness, visual impact, and professional presentation.
Each group gives a summary presentation concerning their project to the rest of the class during the last class period. Each group member is expected to take active part in the presentation. Evaluation includes assessment of how clearly and accurately the group defines the problem of the site, and how plausible and realistic the remediation plans are. The group members are open to questions from other students and faculty. PowerPoint presentations are encouraged, but not required. The final project grade is weighted by group effort (75%) and individual effort (25%)
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 27kB Jun27 05)
- Instructors Notes (Microsoft Word 28kB Jun23 05)
- Solution Set ( 819kB Jun23 05)- zipped folder with images of maps and cross sections.
- Sketch map of site ( 317kB Jun27 05)