Sometimes it is nice to look back through the year and see how our projects have progressed, not to mention reflecting on all of the positive changes we've made for people in our community, as well as for our regional environment. Several of these projects include raingardens, which help alleviate the water flowing into the sewer, and filter the water before it flows to the sound. They also include permeable surfaces which allow for filtration and provide a comfortable surface to live on during our wet winters.
How to Clean Saturated Soils using Plants and Fungus
Thursday November 19th 2pm - 4pm
Antioch University, Room 200, 2326 6th Ave, Seattle
Join the Green Infrastructure Partnership for an introduction to Mycoremediation and Phytoremediation. We will discuss applications of bio remediation for treating oil and street runoff, roof runoff, biosolids and other pollutants. We will be joined by Howard Sprouse of The Remediators (www.theremediators.com) and David Roman of Clear Water Gardens (www.seattleclearwatergardens.com) who will both share their knowledge and be available for a panel discussion of how best to use bioremediation to clean our soils and watershed.
2:00-2:20 Arrival and introductions:
2:20-2:35 David Roman Into to Phytoremeditioan, and application to home gardens
2:35-3:05 Howard Sprouse Intro to Myco Remediation and application to large scale clean ups of soil and stormwater
3:05-3:40 Conversation and Panel Discussion
3:40-4:00 upcoming announcements and project report backs.
Howard Sprouse is the founder and CEO of The Remediators Inc. and co developer of Intracep LLC's Permeable Reactive Weir, stormwater treatment technology. "The Remediators is full service environmental company that is internationally recognized for commercializing 'Mycoremediation' which uses fungi to clean contaminated soils and water. The Remediators offers a full suite of bioremediation technologies with their 'Integrated Biological Approach', combining natural cleanup methods in a synergistic system tailored to site needs. The Remediators works closely with local universities and other companies representing the state of the art in the field of bioremediation.
David Roman moved to Seattle in 1999 to be amongst the eternal green. After a 15 year career in the construction industry he went back to school and in 2012 graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Most of the following year was spent traveling across the country installing phytoremediation caps of retired land fills and toxic chemical sites. In 2014 the research he participated in while at the UW was published by the American Chemistry Society, "Degradation, Phytoprotection and Phytoremediation of Phenanthrene by Endophyte Psuedomonas putida, PD1". He is the owner of Clear Water Gardens LLC, a landscaping firm specializing in water management, cistern and rain garden installation.
Our clients for this job have been working with us over the last few years to do a number of great changes on their backyard garden retreat. Last year we put in the long arbor and fenced off portions of the backyard for the chickens.
Here is the before and after:
This year we returned to put in brick and flagstone pathways between the studio and the raised beds to help keep the area dry and walkable during the rainy season.
The clients wanted to replace the original stone beds with something that looked a bit medieval, maybe with turrets, they said. This is what we came up with. These beds will last a very long time. Needless to say, we have two very happy clients.
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