Why should a wastewater education organization care about trees?
- A fully mature redwood, pine, maple, ash tree is a water engine: taking in greenhouse gasses and giving us back oxygen; moving vast quantities of water vapor throughout our planetary weather systems.
- As a result of changing climate, invasive insect parasites have increased their range, decimating millions of trees.
- Setting up the tinder dry conditions which have lead to devastating wild fires worldwide but notably here in the US (in Tennessee and California) and in Canada (Fort McMurray)
- Though fire is an essential, natural, element of forest rebirth – fires on this scale take a terrible toll on wildlife, soils, air quality, water quality, the economy but most of all on human life.
- Regardless of your belief in what caused this – it will take human intervention to try to address and mitigate the consequences.
- Testing the possibilities of reusing the remains of dead trees as a means to remediate soils and waters is what wastewater treatment is all about.
Tuesday, 2 PM ET, April 11, 2017:
What would 1 Gigaton annual carbon sequestration look like?
James Gaspard, CEO at Biochar Now, LLC, will be the guest to explain. Simply put, biochar is a highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal originally used as a soil amendment. Made under specific conditions, not only can it increase soil fertility but it can also sequester carbon and bind phosphorus and toxic metals to remediate polluted waters. Like a Phoenix from the ashes, biochar reuses timber destroyed by insect infestations.