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Mertie's Lake and the Buckman Water Science Trail

 
 
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By Steve Masler, April 3, 2019
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Inscription.  Mertie W. Buckman was known in Memphis as a prominent philanthropist who provided her talent, energy and financial support to many initiatives in our community. She wanted her life to make a difference-to connect to and impact the larger community. She was a passionate supporter of organizations that focused on education and creating opportunities for people to reach their full potential. No doubt, this interest was spurred by her own mother's unfulfilled desire for an education as well as her family's values regarding civic duty.
Mertie was instrumental in helping her husband found Buckman Laboratories in the 1940s and grow it to an international business. Early on, Buckman's scientists saw how a paper company's continued success depended on its ability to manage the water used in the paper making process. This lesson helped mold an awareness of environmental stewardship. Today Buckman is on the forefront of water sciences, developing solutions that help businesses keep our water clean and reusable. Buckman seeks to improve the environment by working with customers and communities to find more sustainable solutions for water management and by
Mertie's Lake and the Buckman Water Science Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, April 3, 2019
2. Mertie's Lake and the Buckman Water Science Trail Marker
supporting the conservation of wetlands, waterways and wildlife for the benefit of all. Water is fundamental to human existence. People need pure, clean, accessible water. Memphis is fortunate to sit upon the Memphis Sands Aquifer, one of the largest fresh water reserves in the world. But even that source can be threatened and wasted by poor management and unchecked use.

As you walk the trails around Mertie's Lake, watch for the six color-coded panels that tell the story of water on Earth.
Tan panels - the physical science of water-the cycles and processes that drive weather, geology and physics on Earth.
Green panels - water's indispensable role in life on Earth.
Blue panels - the cultural importance of clean water to society in general and Memphis in particular.

The Buckman Water Science Trail is sponsored by the Buckman family and written in collaboration with the University of Memphis Ground Water Institute.
 
Erected by The Buckman Family and Licheterman Nature Center.
 
Location. 35° 5.484′ N, 89° 51.741′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Unknamed Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5992 Quince Rd, Memphis TN 38119, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Chimney Swift Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Memphis University School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shelby County / Memphis (approx. 0.8 miles away); Crystal Shrine Grotto (approx. 1.3 miles away); Nelson-Kirby House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tragic Accident Sparks Sanitation Strike (approx. 2.3 miles away); Christian Brothers High School / Christian Brothers Band (approx. 2.7 miles away); Germantown Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2019, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 13, 2019, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.   2. submitted on April 12, 2019, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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