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E-M:/ Program on Walkerton Tragedy

Enviro-Mich message from Rane Curl <ranecurl@engin.umich.edu>

The Walkerton, Ontario Story: E coli contamination of municipal wells

In May 2001, half the population of Walkerton, Ontario became sick and seven people died. A combination of factors led to E. coli contamination of municipal wells.

The Monroe County Extension Service, in cooperation with the Monroe County Planning Department, the Monroe County Environmental Health Department, the Monroe County Drain Commissioner and the Monroe Groundwater Stewardship Committee are co-sponsoring a public presentation by Dr. Steve Worthington on this tragedy. This meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm at the 4-H Activity Center on the Monroe County fairgrounds.

All local citizens concerned about drinking water and groundwater issues are welcome and invited to hear Dr. Worthington at this public meeting. There is no charge to participate, courtesy of the sponsors who are bringing Dr. Worthington to Monroe.

Monroe County has similar geology to Walkerton, Ontario meaning that local aquifers are also highly vulnerable to potential contamination. Information will be available at this meeting to show people the bedrock geology of Monroe County.

For more information, or directions, contact Ned Birkey at the Monroe County Extension office at 734-240-3170.

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