Help us investigate the most controversial and contentious issue that our region has faced in at least 50 years! The first mega-farms have just begun operation in our county and we are gathering scientific data that will help determine if they are causing the horrific environmental damage that many fear. This year-long project will accommodate as many students as we have sufficient transportation to support.
While there is no formal linkage to another course in Chapman, students can also participate in another important scientific investigation of our local environment in RESC 220: Journeys Into Science. Again, students are welcome to participate in both RESC 220 and the Megafarms community impact project, but it is not required.
In this project, students will learn how science can be used to address important issues of concern to local residents. They will also learn some fundamental scientific concepts: how to collect accurate and reliable scientific data that can be used as evidence in court and regulatory actions; how to respond when your community is threatened by large commercial interests or other major powers; and how to identify community environmental needs and find collaborative ways to meet those needs (civic responsibility).