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Session A 10:45 - 11:45

A.1 Arlington Old-Town Wetland Stormwater Retrofit

The concept of building a wetland to treat stormwater run-off from the historic area (270 acres) of Arlington was introduced in the 1990:.SQ.:s. The City moved forward in purchasing the land in 2000 and began feasibility assessments. The City acquired a DOE grant in 2009 completing construction in 2011. The nine-acre wetland includes four cells providing various treatment techniques. Bill Blake

A.2 Demystifying Organics

Get an introduction on how organic systems work, and specifically, how they require and utilize soil biology in order to optimize plant nutrition and reduce disease and stress in the garden. Getting a better understanding of how plants feed trough organic systems is the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy, robust garden - and beautiful plants. Debbie Natelson

A.3 Don't Drip and Drive

An innovative approach to address a slippery problem: Don't Drip & Drive is a fun and innovative behavior change campaign designed to proactively address the impact of leaky cars and trucks on our region's water quality. Come learn about the campaign, hear a few fun stories about how it was developed, and our plans for the campaign's future. Heather Trim

A.4 Puget Sound's Glacial History of Climate Change

This session will focus on the sensitive and dramatic response of glaciers to climate change during the past 10,000 years. Evidence presented will include modern monitoring of glaciers, old photographs and maps, and geologic data. The rapid loss of glaciers in the past century will be linked with changes to summer flow on Skagit River. Dr. Jon Riedell

A.5 The Global Fish Tank: how CO2 emissions are throwing ocean chemistry out of balance

Carbon dioxide emissions are profoundly changing the chemistry of the ocean, making seawater more acidic. These chemical changes have far-reaching consequences for a broad range of marine organisms. The North American West Coast is one of the first places being affected so come get a crash course in ocean acidification and learn what it means for our local ecosystems. Anna McLaskey

A.6 Underwater Photography as a Sound Environmental Tool

Become an emissary! Learn how underwater photography can help support our marine environment. See how the book Critters, Creatures, and Kelp is helping provide a revenue stream for the Edmonds Underwater Park. Discover ways in which you can use your smart phone to increase family and friends' conservation awareness. Learn how your camera can become a Sound environmental tool! Dan Clements


Session B 12:30 - 1:30

B.1 Bringing Coastal Blue Carbon Home

Learn how we can tap the carbon sequestration (storage) of salt marshes to maximize habitat restoration in the Snohomish estuary? Coastal Blue Carbon refers to the carbon sequestration value of tidal wetlands, which can sequester up to five times more carbon than temperate forests! However, for wetland restoration projects to become viable as greenhouse gas projects, a translation of carbon values to a restoration and protection setting is required. This presentation describes the potential of CBC toward achieving these goals in the Snohomish estuary. Keeley O'Connell

B.2 Killer Whale Tales: Science through Storytelling

Follow Jeff as he falls asleep one night and dreams of becoming a killer whale. He follows the matriarch of 'J Pod', and experiences the complex relationships whales share with each other and the environment around them. Waking from the dream, Jeff returns to the real world with a new curiosity and the desire to make a difference. The story is told through performance, slides, video and real orca calls. Jeff Hogan

B.3 Lakes in Snohomish County

Join us to discover more about one of Snohomish County's most overlooked natural resources - freshwater lakes. If you like to fish, swim or boat or if you live near a lake - this presentation is for you. Find out more about local lakes including lake ecology, lake wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Finally, learn more about the health of area lakes and ways to protect them based on data collected over the last two decades by citizen volunteers in conjunction with Snohomish County Surface Water Management's lakes program. Marisa Burgdorff

B.4 Natural Yard Care

How to have a beautiful garden that is healthy for your family and for the environment. Gardening practices that conserve water, build healthy soil, minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides. Sustainable approaches to landscaping that use the principles of "right plant, right place" and resources to help you achieve a low maintenance eco-friendly garden. Meg Jacobsen

B.5 Qualco Energy Bio-Gas Project

A Win-Win for Dairy Farmers and Environmental Conservation. This presentation will provide a general description of Qualco and the bio-gas project which started operations near Monroe in December of 2008. The Qualco facility captures methane gas from cow manure and uses the gas to produce electricity. The presentation will also describe some of the benefits of the project for the economic viability of dairy farming and for environment protection. Daryl Williams

B.6 Salmon Passages in Sultan, WA

Learn all about salmon habitat restoration that resulted from the relicensing of the Jackson Hydroelectric Project on the Sultan River, led by the Snohomish PUD. Keith will discuss how the ability to continue the hydroelectric operations for the next 45 years is also having beneficial effects for salmon conservation effort by constructing features within the river and in side channels. Keith Binkley


Session C 1:45 - 2:45

C.1 Biofuels - Solutions for Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest

Biofuel is one of several innovations to provide renewable and sustainable energy. Learn about the different sources of biofuel being explored today - from algae to hardwoods, and how the PNW is leading the way. This alternate energy source can be useful to your homes, cars and business has both environmental benefits as well as international implications. Dr. Patricia Townsend

C.2 Clouds and Their Relationship with Life and Humanity

Clouds have fascinated us for thousands of years. Behind their natural beauty lies tremendous complexity that continues to elude complete theoretical understanding. In this presentation, Rob will discuss some of the ways in which clouds are important to our climate, to our ecosystems and to people. Rob Woods

C.3 Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project

The Qwuloolt is an estuary restoration project encompassing 400 acres in the Snohomish river. Learn about how this project will benefit federally threatened species by increasing the quantity of esturary habitat and by improving access to 16 miles of stream habitat in the Snohomish Watershed. Kurt Nelson

C.4 The Pharmacy in Your Backyard

Feel and smell live plant and tree samples and learn their medicinal and traditional uses. We'll prepare cold and flu teas and oils made with locally harvested plants and prepare a surprise to take home. Class participants will receive recipes for prepared items and a pamphlet highlighting the historic values of local plants for both humans and wildlife. (The content of this session is not intended to provide alternative to medical conditions.) Tamara Neuffer

C.5 Tidal Energy in Admiralty Inlet

This presentation includes a brief discussion on the PUD's plans and goals for satisfying the renewable energy requirements of Washington State's Initiative-937 and an overview of the Tidal Energy project's objectives. Specifically, learn what the PUD and other partners hope to achieve as well as a detailed look at the scope of the proposed pilot project and the installation techniques that are being proposed. Eric Schneider

C.6 Trumpeter and Tundra Swans

Come, share and learn the facts, myths and legends of the Trumpeter and Tundra swans that grace Washington's winters. Learn about their life history, biology, and problems and controversies these birds face on their wintering grounds and what is needed to insure their future. Topics include the lead poisoning die-off, habitat issues and more. Swan identification tips and brochure Martha Jordan


Session D 3:00 - 4:00

D.1 Comedy, Economics and Climate Change

Enjoy this session that brings humor into often overwhelming topics from "the world's first and only stand-up economist". This session will provide an economic perspective on climate change and how carbon taxes can improve the climate and help the economy. Yoram Bauman

D.2 Elwha River Dam Removal and Restoration

Robert will share the history of the Elwah River - starting from when the Elwah was still wild, through dam construction, and the years the dams were in the River. Learn about the dam removal process from how it all started in 1986 through the present day deconstruction. Get a glimpse of what the local tribes hope to acheive with full restoration. Robert Elofson

D.3 Planning for Successful Tree Management

Attendees will learn basic knowledge of visual tree assessment and an overview of proper pruning techniques and terminology. Haley will provide advice for management of trees on critical slopes and for views and help with understanding the risk-potential presented by trees and options for mitigation of risk. Haley Galbraith

D.4 Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation and Beyond: The Importance of Marine Reserves

According to American fisheries Society, Puget Sound has the most depressed fisheries in North America. We will be discussing Rockfish biology and ongoing work to create a network of marine reserves within Puget Sound. Norm Baker

D.5 Reducing Waste for a Bright Future

Recycling is great, but it can be confusing for the public, and it has been oversold as an environmental solution. Learn how recycling and especially the other two Rs, reducing and reusing, can help reduce climate change and even help you save money. Also learn about the latest trends and bright future of waste reduction and resource conservation. Tom Watson

D.6 The Giant Pacific Octopus - Mysterious Denizen of the Salish Sea

Giant Pacific octopuses are the largest octopus species in the world, and they occur right here in Western Washington. Learn about these amazing animals, their habits and abilities, and current wisdom about their population and management in our local waters. Tim Carpenter