Faculty from the University of New Mexico Water Resources Program and College of Pharmacy will conduct a teach-in on the fuel plume underneath Kirtland Air Force Base and adjoining areas. The teach-in, to be held at the Cesar Chavez Community Center at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, will present background information on the contaminant plume for the local community, UNM students and other interested members of the public.

Topics will include the composition of leaked fuel, its transport into and through the Albuquerque aquifer, the potential toxicity of plume components and methods of treating contaminated aquifer water. Participating faculty will be Steve Cabaniss (coordinator), professor of environmental chemistry, Bruce Thomson, director of the Water Resources program and professor of civil engineering, Laurie Hudson, professor of pharmaceutical sciences and Gary Weissmann, Albert and Mary Jane Black Family Professor of Hydrogeology.

The teach-in is sponsored by UNM and the City of Albuquerque, and is not a presentation by KAFB or the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED); KAFB, NMED and other governmental stakeholders plan to hold a public meeting at the community center at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8.

For more information, please contact the UNM Water Resources Program Office at (505) 277-7759 or e-mail Steve Cabaniss.