Poop talk in Oct. 3

Residents are invited to get the scoop on poop at a community discussion hosted by Washington State University Extension on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Scientists and experts in the field of biosolids will speak and answer questions at the presentation, Recycling Our Human Waste, from 6-8 p.m. at the Coupeville library.

Island County’s efforts to find a suitable place to spread biosolids on agricultural fields has alarmed some residents who worry about the smell and possible water contamination.

WSU soil scientist Andy Bary will discuss the use of biosolids as agricultural fertilizers. Georgine Yorgey, associate director for WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, will address concerns that are emerging about biosolids. Kyle Dorsey, biosolids program coordinator for the state Department of Ecology, will cover the regulations for biosolid use.

Island County has been spreading biosolids on farm fields for decades but is looking for new locations. County officials were looking at alternatives, including a property in the Zylstra Road area.

Island County’s sewage treatment plant turns the stuff that’s pumped out of thousands of septic tanks into Class B biosolids.

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