Bioremediation and Geotechnical Engineering
Protecting the planet so that many future generations of children can enjoy all of the wondrous resources we are able to enjoy now is an obligation we must take seriously. Sometimes accidents happen. When you spill soda on the carpet, you have to clean it up or else the carpet will be ruined by the stain. The same is true for environmental contaminants. Bioremediation is a process that can be used to extract and eliminate harmful substances that may contaminate our soil and our groundwater.
Bioremediation can be done both on-site using various methods such as landfarming, bioventing, and composting, and can also be done off-site by removing the contaminated material to be treated elsewhere.
The elimination of a wide range of pollutants and wastes from the environment is extremely beneficial not only for today but for the future as well. We only have this one Earth, and our descendants are counting on us to help keep it safe and abundant with diverse life.
We can also help protect the environment with the process of Geotechnical engineering. Geotechnical engineering has a rich history in our world. Even the Egyptians used soil as a material for foundations, burial, flood control, and irrigation purposes. Geotechnical engineering is a very useful technique to develop underground barriers to protect the surrounding soil and groundwater from being contaminated with pollutants.
Industrial waste is sometimes a necessary byproduct of our technologically advanced world. But we can help keep this waste from poisoning our water and killing our plants and animals with careful forethought and precise planning. We all know better now that you can’t just throw something away because nothing ever really goes away, it becomes part of our environment. Today we reduce, reuse, and recycle because we know that eventually there will just be too much trash and not enough space to keep it in. The Green Movement should be more than just political posturing. We should all walk the walk and not just talk the talk when caring for our environment. We should be role models to our children by teaching them that they should always leave an area better than they found it. Not only should we teach them to pick up their own trash, but the trash that was already there as well. If we all cleaned up after ourselves, there would be a lot less cleaning up to do. It starts at with us at home. Then we take this attitude to our businesses. The world will be a much better place when we all remember that if you spill something, you should clean it up because your mother doesn’t work here. And don’t you dare litter.