Biochar presentation. What’s that? Sept 26th 3:30 to 5 PM

For immediate release
Contact: Darcy McNamara: or 360/379-5610 x222

Biochar: A New Way to Cleaner Water

Howard Sprouse is the guest speaker at a presentation on “biochar” a material that has exciting applications for removing pollution from water. The free presentation, which will begin with an overview of low impact development techniques, will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Avenue, in Port Hadlock from 3:30 to 5pm.

Participants will learn what biochar is, how it is made, costs involved and how it could be used to improve water quality. Industry and development professionals including engineers, landscaper designers, builders, contractors, developers, architects, environmental consultants and farmers are encouraged to attend. The free presentation is open to the public and is hosted by WSU Jefferson County Extension with support from the Watershed Stewardship Resource Center.

Biochar is a charcoal-like material that can be used as a soil amendment to raise the fertility of the soil to enhance plant growth. It is now being studied for the potential it has to remove contaminants from water. Sprouse and others at WSU Extension are studying the potential use of biochar to remove pollutants from stormwater including copper, cadmium and lead.

About the presenter:
Howard Sprouse is the President and CEO of the Remediators, Inc., a developer of bioremediation technologies since the mid 1990s. Mr. Sprouse previously worked as a consultant for Battelle’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Sequim, Washington assisting with the development of mycoremediation technology. His work there assisted projects aimed towards remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons, biological agents, pathogen degradation, and biofiltration of agricultural runoff. Mr. Sprouse has also worked for the Department of Botany, University of Washington, as a research assistant for fungal ecology research in Olympic National Park. He is recognized in the bioremediation industry as the first to commercialize mycoremediation technology in the United States and as a developer of technology using biochar. His business, The Remediators Incorporated is located in Washington State where they do a variety of environmental based services.

For more information, please contact Darcy McNamara, LID and Natural Resources Educator at or 360/379-5610 x222.

LID Technical Workshop

Registration’s Open for the 2011 LID Technical Workshop Series
Posted: 03 Jan 2011 07:00 AM PST
Registration is now open for the next round of Puget Sound LID Technical Workshops!

This workshop series, brought to you by WSU Extension and the Puget Sound Partnership, covers all aspects of LID, including:
§ Bioretention siting, sizing, design, modeling, performance and maintenance

§ Permeable paving specifications, installation, performance and maintenance needs for pervious concrete, porous asphalt, interlocking pavers, and grid systems

§ Vegetated roof design, construction, modeling and performance

§ Rainwater harvesting design and construction

§ Low impact foundation design and construction

§ Site planning and preparation

§ Site assessment

§ Plan review

§ Erosion and sediment control, LID construction sequencing, and inspection

Workshop Dates
May 3-4, 2011 – Bioretention
May 17-18, 2011 – Permeable Paving
May 31-June 1, 2011 – Vegetated roofs, low impact foundations, and rainwater collection
June 14-15, 2011 – Site planning, erosion and sediment control, plan review, and inspection

The workshop series consists of four 2-day classes. Best of all (or at least really, really good): Each class costs only $110. And that includes all materials and food and beverage.

Why so cheap? Thank the Puget Sound Partnership, which is subsidizing registration to keep it really inexpensive and accessible to as many professionals as possible.

Puget Sound Action Agenda
This technical workshop series helps implement a key near-term action in the Puget Sound Action Agenda, which is to continue to transition the region to the LID approach and provide assistance to make it happen.

As in 2010, all workshops will be held at the new LID Research Center on the campus of WSU Extension in Puyallup. Holding the classes there allows us to show students the wonderful array of bioretention and permeable pavement that’s being meticulously monitored there. (If you’ve not visited WSU Puyallup yet, you’ll be impressed by all of it – trust me.)

LID Certificates
WSU Extension, WSU Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Puget Sound Partnership will again offer LID certificates to those who attend all four classes and pass a series of tests. This certificate program has value – it demonstrates that the holder has a good understanding of the LID approach and techniques.

You do need to pre-register, and classes do fill up. Register at:

Hope to see you there!

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