County extension agent
Homeowner and avid gardener
Now that you have read a sketch of your task you are ready to begin your Quest.
- You will be given 2 class periods to individually research your topic using the computer research lab.
- For one class period you will brainstorm with others that have the same role that you have. Here you will exchange information and ideas for your presentation before the city council.
- Two class periods will be provided for developing your presentation. This will be in collaboration with others with your role. At the end of this time you will have chosen one of your members to make your case before the city council.
- The final presentation will be given to another class. This class will make the final decision on the ordinance.
Begin your search by gathering information on exactly what ground water is. Answer the following question, what is ground water and why should it be protected? Citizens Guide to Ground Water Protection, www.epa.gov/OGWDW/Pubs/01ground.html
What are mineral fertilizers? What are organic fertilizers? Answer these questions by using the site Which Fertilizer Should I Use at www.starnursery.com/216.htm
Another good source for general information on fertilizers is Responsible Fertilizer Practices for Lawns at www.Extension.umn.Edu/Documents/D/G/DG6551.html
One final source for general information is the IFA-Publication which you can find at http://www.fertilizer.org/PUBLISH/PUBMAN/introd1.htm
There are more sources that you can feel free to use. Some of the sources will be pro organic fertilizers, some pro mineral fertililizers and some concern ground water. Use any and all that you need to defend your point of view.
Missour Ag. Chemical Publications http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/agchem/index.htm Fertilizer Application http://www.ag.usask.ca/cofa/departments/hort/hortinfo/misc/fertili2.html No ChemOrganic Fertilizers
Horticulture Solution Series http://www.ag.uiuc.edu/~robsond/solutions/hort.html
Suburban Water Testing Labs Inc. http://www.h2otest.com/swtlnitr.html
When you have finished using the resources given above, you have one more task. Below you find the addresses of three sources to which e-mailed questions can be sent. You must send a question to one of these sources and include the information obtained in your presentation.
The first two of these resources are "ask an expert" sources.
Oregon Dept. of Agriculture http://email@example.com
The Gardening Department http://www.lagunabeachca.com/plantman.htm
The final source, Mark Versch, is an expert in ground water. He works with ground water and well pollution on midwest Indian Reservations. He can be reached at the following, firstname.lastname@example.org
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