Students in the agriculture technology class recently studied about the topic of pollution. Pollution is the presence of substances in water, air or soil that cause unpleasant smells, tastes or sights. Some pollutants are harmful to living organisms and the environment. In relation to water, pollution occurs in both groundwater and surface water and is carried throughout the water cycle.

Pollution commonly occurs in two ways, point source and non-point source. Point source pollution occurs when there is a single source of contamination, such as a factory or leaking storage tank and can be seen as the source. Non-point source pollution occurs when there are many sources contaminating the water, air and soil and is difficult to point out the exact source. Examples of non-point source pollution include automotive exhaust or fertilizer runoff.

“The lab was designed for the students to gain an understanding on how much pollution there is, how it spreads and what practices can be done to lessen its effects on our environment,” said Brad Taylor, agriculture instructor.