Skip to main content

Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 2, Day 1) – Engineering Policy and Urban Design

Posted by on Monday, June 20, 2016 in Grade 5, Grade 6, SAVY.

Today, students were introduced to the problem that they will be solving:  The Harpeth river is polluted with excess nutrients, and withdrawing water from it exacerbates the problem.  A nonprofit organization – Harpeth River Watershed Associated is suing the city of Franklin, claiming that Franklin is polluting the river with inadequately-treated effluent and withdrawing too much water to sustain a healthy ecosystem.  Our students will play the roles of stakeholders: City of Franklin officials, HRWA representatives, TDEC agents, and farmers.  They will design a policy that will reduce nutrient pollution in the river, increase water flow, and take into account all of the stakeholders.

To help us successfully solve this problem, we learned a bit about water on a global scale.  Ask your child:  How is water distributed on the planet?  Who uses the most water?  Where might water conservation be most effective?