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ENVR 357: Environmental Challenge

Example: Puyallup River Pollution

You're going to be asked to propose a solution for dealing with an environmental issue, and in order to come up with a thorough approach, you're going to need to:

  • identify the issues, and then research to figure out what problems exist and solutions are possible. 
  • identify the stakeholders, and then do research to figure out what those stakeholders need or want to happen.
  • identify the power players, and then do research to figure out what those entities can influence or control. 

Let's take a look at a situation that's currently happening right here near campus, and then make some notes on this spreadsheet.

Rubber debris litters miles of Puyallup River after artificial turf was used in dam project without permit Seattle Times, August 28, 2020

"In black waves, drifts and bands, crumbs of rubber are polluting miles of the Puyallup River after a spill at a dam project last month.

Rubber debris already is likely more than 40 miles downriver in Puget Sound. The pollution is the result of unpermitted use of thousands of yards of artificial turf by the dam’s owners while reconstructing parts of the dam."


So Many Ways to Get Help!

There are several ways to get help with your research! Here are a few: 

Ask a Puget Sound Librarian: E-mail for reference assistance from a subject liaison librarian. Puget Sound librarians work closely with faculty and can provide personalized assistance on your research. Depending on your question, we might resolve it by email, or suggest setting up an in-person appointment, so that we can work in-depth together.

Ask a Librarian 24/7 service: Anytime, anywhere! This instant messaging reference service lets you chat with a librarian no matter what time it is. Puget Sound librarians can email you to follow up if you leave your email address.