Policy in Practice: The Scio Township Dioxane PlumeGroundwater contamination has plagued Ann Arbor for more than three decades.

The city of Ann Arbor is looking for a more effective way of educating new and old residents about the contamination of groundwater with 1,4-Dioxane. Join educators, stakeholders, concerned citizens, and student activists to brainstorm in small teams about the form and content of an interactive tool for public education.

Free and open to the public, Saturday, June 9 from 1:45–5 PM in the Rackham Assembly Hall.

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a meeting in which all stake­holders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions

Michigan Sustainability Cases expand upon the best of case-based learning, building problem-driven, solution-focused, multi-modal approaches emphasizing experiential learning. See this game-changing pedagogy at work at the Galaxy Charette, where diverse stakeholders will address the hot-button issue of groundwater contamination.

It is a definition of irony: A major water pollution clean-up caused by a company that made filters to detect water pollution.

About the case: A local Ann Arbor industry severely contaminated the aquifer beneath the city with a carcinogenic chemical, 1,4-dioxane, decades ago. Since then, the chemical plume has continued to migrate through the city and county, contaminating local lakes and private drinking water wells, while en route to the city’s drinking water supply. The state’s consent decree with the industry may not be protective of wildlife and citizens. To some, the federal, state and local response to the ecological and public health risks has been disappointing. Local advocacy has challenged authorities to resolve the issue. Some say designating the site as one of the nation’s worst (i.e., a Superfund site) could force a better cleanup, while others fear that labeling Ann Arbor as a toxic site could bring negative consequences such as decreased property values. This Michigan Sustainability Case illuminates all sides of the issue.

Listen to the podcast that accompanies the case, or read the full story on Gala.

Free and open to the public.
Saturday, June 9 from 1:45–5 PM in the Rackham Assembly Hall.

Register for Charrette