Environmental Management Technology students at Owens Community College
students now have an unusual hands-on opportunity to study groundwater
contamination issues thanks to a new well dug on campus, donated by TolTest
Inc. of Toledo.
A rig from TolTest Inc., an engineering consulting and environmental testing firm, came to Owens recently to dig the 20-foot well adjacent to the Engineering Technologies Building.
"Groundwater contamination is a pressing environmental issue," said Dave Gardner, chair of the Environmental Management Technology program at Owens. "A cornerstone of many of our environmental classes is sampling and testing water from groundwater wells."
When Gardner contacted TolTest earlier this fall about using the well in the parking lot of their office building in Downtown Toledo, TolTest officials instead offered to dig a well on campus - which is rare for colleges.
"We appreciate this generous assistance of TolTest and their commitment to educating Environmental Management Technology students," Gardner said. The well digging represents a donation of about $5,000, he said.
"TolTest is pleased to have this opportunity to be involved in the education of the engineering students in our community," said Michael P. Boyle, president and CEO of TolTest. "We believe it is important to share our knowledge about current environmental issues and procedures."