Right Now Rain

Right now, rain is something that we are all (almost all anyway) wishing for.  Rain ends the fires and brings on the chanterelles.  If this year is anything close to normal though, by sometime in November we will be wishing for anything but rain.  When it does rain more and more communities are working to keep that rain from flooding streams and treatment plants by using green stormwater infrastructure.  Green stormwater systems use a combination of organics and sand to allow rapid infiltration and contaminant removal.  They are green systems and are an asset to communities.

Membership Spotlight

Tamara, or Tami as most of us know her, runs Terre-Source, an organics recycling company in old downtown Mount Vernon, WA, overlooking the beautiful Skagit River.  Tami started Terre-Source to serve the compost industry and provide her clients with consulting services for the best utilization of biosolids compost and guidance in navigating the regulatory requirements for composting.

Soil Chemistry to Save Our Sound

By Norah Kates, University of Washington

What happens to the water that falls on our cities every time it rains? A lot of the answer depends on what comes in contact with that water as it runs down rooftops, over streets, through gardens, and eventually – sometimes through creeks, rivers, or lakes – into the Puget Sound. What that water picks up along the way has big implications for environmental health.

So how do we keep the Sound clean, or help make it cleaner than it is now? And what do soil and biosolids have to do with that?