Although we often take the very ground beneath our feet for granted, soil is essential to all life. That's why Watershed Management Group hosted the Soil is Life webinar series with an expert line-up of presenters in early 2013. We explored a variety of soils-related topics, from the local to the global scale, and now all the webinars in the series are available on YouTube for your viewing convenience. Just click on the video links below. Happy viewing!
Soil’s Role in Processing Pollutants: Case Studies of Green Infrastructure and Carbon Sequestration—with Dr. Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman
As stormwater moves across developed areas, it picks up all kinds of pollutants from rooftops, roadways, and other surfaces – from motor oil to dog poop. One benefit of green infrastructure features, such as earthen basins that capture stormwater runoff, is that they use natural processes to remove many of these pollutants from stormwater.
But how effective are these processes, and what impact do pollutants have on soil and plants in stormwater-harvesting basins? Do these types of features improve or damage urban soils in the long run? And what can microbial life tell us about the health of water-harvesting ecosystems? Dr. Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman of the University of Arizona addresses these questions and much more in this webinar.
Presented on: Thursday, January 24, 2013. A copy of the presentation is available here.
Why Pee on That Lemon Tree? How to Use Urine in Your Landscape—with Carol Steinfeld and David Del Porto
There are numerous ways to use urine as a resource—the trick is knowing what to do with it and how to get it there! Join ecological sanitation experts Carol Steinfeld and David Del Porto, authors of The Composting Toilet System Book and Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling (among many others) for a webinar focused on urine diversion and utilization.
Presented on: Thursday, February 7, 2013. A copy of the presentation is available here.
Extreme Composting: Using Human Waste to Enhance Soil in Case Studies from Around the World—with Dr. Diane Austin and Sowmya Somnath
Composting toilets are particularly useful in parts of the world with limited sanitation infrastructure. Not only do these systems prevent contamination of drinking water, they also transform human waste into "humanure," which can be used to enhance soil for food production and regenerate topsoil in degraded ecosystems. Despite these benefits, there are many barriers to implementation, including social stigma, limited resources, and building the community capacity to maintain systems. Dr. Diane Austin of the University of Arizona and Watershed Management Group’s own Sowmya Somnath will discuss the challenges and successes of implementing community-based eco-sanitation projects in India, Burkina Faso, and Mexico.
Presented on: Thursday, February 21, 2013. A copy of Sowmya Somnath's presentation is available here. A copy of Dr. Diane Austin's presentation is available here
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