Sitting in 60 acres between Smith Road and the Wind River the former Riverton landfill is classified as a “high priority landfill” for the statewide remediation program, according to the Department of Environmental Quality. 7th graders taking the STEM class at Riverton Middle School (RMS) are working on a landfill remediation project with multiple organizations including the University of Wyoming’s Learning Actively Mentoring Program (UW LAMP) and several local organizations. More information about the former Riverton landfill can be found in our earlier post.
On October 7th, 2019, RMS 7th grade STEM students took a field trip to the UW campus to tour their labs and facilities and meet the UW capstone students who will be working on the former Riverton landfill remediation.
RMS Teacher Alma Law shared the following about their visit to UW:
The 7th grade students who are working on scientific options to address the old landfill visited with various experts on the UW campus. They were hosted and guided through the UW Herbarium, which is the 15th largest preserved plant collection in the Nation and largest in the Rocky Mountains, a crown Jewel of the University of Wyoming, according to Professor Dr. Brown. They also visited the Plant Conservatory to further fill in their knowledge of botany and green space options for remediating the decomposing waste east of Riverton.
After lunch, LAMP faculty advisor Coach Rachel Watson oversaw her microbiology capstone students in conducting a microscope analysis of bacteria taken from soil in Laramie. The Spartan students were instructed in taking sanitary smear samples of the culture and dying the glass slides with stains to designate the type of biological presence in the rhizosphere, or root area, of the plants in the area of study.
The experience and information collected was part of the year long cooperation between RMS, UW LAMP initiative, and the City of Riverton. Stay tuned for more visits back and forth all school year followed by public and professional presentations next summer.
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