There are many issues surrounding clean water, including natural scarcity of drinking water in specific areas, flooding, and waterway contamination. To help students better understand city water systems and their connection to local waterways, Ursinus students in HEP 360.P recently toured the Fairmount Water Works.
Accompanied by Dr. Catherine van deRuit, students were introduced to the Philadelphia water system to gain insight on the total urban water use cycle, which requires both infrastructure and processes. A highlight of the tour was a visit to the mussel hatchery. The hatchery was created to raise awareness about mussels specific place within a waterway ecosystem and the vital need for revitalizing and protecting our freshwater systems for the health of all living things. The Health in the City class is a recent class offering through the Ursinus Philadelphia Experience, where students can live, study, and work in Philadelphia.
~by Christine Angermeier