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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Sandra Romero, Thurston County Commissioner, (360) 786-5747

Harvesting Energy

Turning cow manure, trap grease, and expired beer into renewable energy may sound like an urban myth, but in Thurston County we have the potential to make it a rural reality. On Thursday, March 14, come to the LOTT Clean Water Alliance for Harvesting Energy. You will learn how, with an anaerobic digester, a community can not only produce energy, it can protect its air and water quality, help keep dairies operating, reduce the amount of waste in its landfills, and produce Grade A compost.

Inspired by the work done by Qualco Energy, a nonprofit partnership made up of dairy farmers, the Northwest Chinook Recovery, and the Native American Tulalip tribes; Thurston County is partnering with WSU Extension and the LOTT Clean Water Alliance to educate you about the potential benefits of bringing a digester to our community.

Qualco Energy Vice President Daryl Williams and Treasurer Dale Reiner will explain how community members and organizations in Snohomish County worked together to purchase and operate a digester. You’ll have the opportunity to ask them questions and to network with others in Thurston County who are interested in nutrient management.

The event will be from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm in the LOTT Clean Water Alliance board meeting room in downtown Olympia. To RSVP or get more information, please contact Becca Pilcher at pilcher@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 786-5747. You can learn more about Qualco Energy and anaerobic digesters by visiting www.qualco-energy.org.

What: Educational event about anaerobic digesters

When: 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Thursday, March 14th

Where: LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Board Meeting Room, 500 Adams St.

NE, Olympia, WA 98501

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3