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WWETT 2017

  1. Tuesday, 2 PM ET, April 4, 2017: Brewery Terra Firma REGISTER HERE
    “Since opening in 2013, we’ve reclaimed over 165,000 gallons of water and applied it to our crops!" John Niedermaier, the Brew Master at Brewery Terra Firma, Traverse City Michigan explains, "a 500 gallon batch of beer will generate 1200-3000 gallons or more of high and low organic content waste water to an average brewery. WE USE LESS! While this waste water wreaks havoc with municipal waste treatment plants and septic systems, it turns out to be just the thing for our farm. Every bit of water that we use during the brewing process that does not end up as beer is captured and reused for “fertigation", serving as both irrigation and a natural fertilizer for our crops."

  2. Tuesday, 2 PM ET, April 11, 2017: What is 'biochar'? REGISTER HERE
    What would 1 Gigaton annual carbon sequestration look like?
    James Gaspard, CEO at Biochar Now, LLC, will be the guest to explain - What is 'biochar'? Simply put, biochar is a highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal originally used as a soil amendment. Scientists theorize biochar was first used in the Amazon Basin thousands of years ago where extensive regions of dark, highly fertile soil known as terra preta were discovered, revealing high concentrations of biochar and organic matter. Similar to charcoal, biochar is produced using the ancient practice of heating wood or other plant material (biomass) with little to no oxygen. However, unlike charcoal, which is often used for cooking, biochar is made under specific conditions with the intent to be applied to soil as a means to increase soil fertility and agricultural yields, and sequester carbon to reverse global warming.

  3. Tuesday, 2 PM ET, April 18, 2017 Temporarily on hold due to unforeseen circumstances
    Cut the crap! - from wastewater ...

    On April 18, the “Earthy Matters’ Tuesday@2 series invites you to come meet Rachel Dyson of UK’s Anglian Water and hear about efforts to ‘cut the crap’ out of wastewater systems! It’s time to clear the ‘FOG’, plus the so-called flushables! When, in the mid 1800s engineer Eugène Belgrade was designing the present Parisian sewer and water supply networks or, at the same time, Joseph Bazalgette was addressing ’The Big Stink’ in London - no one could have foreseen what would end up clogging those sewer tunnels.... ‘fat bergs’ the size of mini vans, and a tangled web of plastic fibrous nastiness dumped down toilets and drains. The cost of dealing with this in municipal and onsite wastewater systems worldwide has been staggering, prompting numerous efforts to educate the public and redesign the manufacture and packaging of personal care products.

  4. Tuesday, 2 PM ET, April 25, 2017 REGISTER HERE
    Imagine A Day Without Environmental Health Staff?

    During April 2017, Earth Month, we hosted an event each Tuesday focusing on innovation and new thinking about ‘waste’ and ‘water’! But so much depends on local, state and national regulators to keep our water clean, safe and drinkable.
    Did you get your teeth cleaned, get a tattoo, got your septic tank pumped? Brushed your teeth, flushed the loo, ran the dishwasher, took a shower, watered the lawn, went to the grocery store, bought fresh vegetables, went to the pool or gym...... All these casually ignored bits and pieces of modern daily life we take for granted came to you courtesy of your local public/ environmental health department staff.
    If you work for a local health agency in the environmental services department we invite you to come tell us about your day? What happens when there just isn’t enough funding or enough staff or enough hours in the day?
    This is your chance to tell everyone.

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