And now we are presented with the OOSU corollary to Ludwig's Law (oo as in "zoo" and su as in let's "sue" them sonofaguns) : "Experience with groundwater contamination from greywater does translate to septics".
In this article from the Columbus Dispatch we learn that the State of Ohio, home of the "other" OSU (THE Ohio State University - the 2010 Rose Bowl victors who thumped Oregon) the solution to septic tank pollution "...can be measured in inches". According to the article "Septic systems rely on dirt to finish treating sewage released from the tanks. Soil bacteria break down human wastes and destroy bacteria and viruses".
New Mexico State University indicates that soil is the best treatment option for greywater. The article also alludes to the nexus between science and public policy was reached using the principles of Collaborative Learning that were developed at Oregon State University (OSU) by Dr. Gregg Walker shown in this photo.
Collaborative Learning draws upon systems thinking, conflict management, and alternative dispute resolution. Collaborative Learning approaches are well suited for natural resource, environmental and community decision making situations that include (1) multiple parties; (2) multiple issues; (3) scientific and technical uncertainty; and (4) legal and jurisdictional constraints. The advantages of Collaborative Learning approaches to conflict management for this project include the following:
- It is learning-based public participation;
- Stakeholders learn from one another;
- Agencies (Departments within municipalities) interact as stakeholders;
- Technical/Scientific and traditional/local knowledge are respected; and
- Public participation activities are accessible and inclusive.