Imagine that new municipal landfill space is needed in
your growing county, township, or other political boundary. Where
would you put it? It is a question that many don't consider
until the selected location is near to something they hold dear, like
their neighborhood or recreational area. Experience suggests
that locating suitable sites
requires significant consideration.
This exercise is designed to reveal the difficulty in siting a
that satisfies all parties involved. Considerations include
numerous factors including the risks of selecting a
particular location and the trade-offs that must be made.
Learners will see locations that offer the best protection of a natural
resource might raise valid concerns from residents regarding property value
or environmental justice. Learners will apply what
they have learned about the issues and requirements surrounding
landfill siting and Geographic Information Systems to propose new
landfill locations within an area and justify their selection(s).