Conservation Talk series

The Conservation Talk Series is a monthly event hosted by the Palouse Conservation District. We strive to bring in local experts to lead discussions on the issues relevant to our community. We encourage you to join in on the conversation and learn how you can be a better steward of the Palouse. 

To align with social distancing guidelines, all events will be hosted via Zoom. 

You may find more information about this month's talks below.

Throughout April: How to Build a Rain Barrel

Everyday Water Conservation:

Ways to Help Save Water on the Palouse

On average, the City of Pullman provides 2.5 million gallons of potable water to Pullman residents every day. This water is pumped solely from the Grande Ronde Aquifer, which is a critical water resource that is shared regionally and relied upon by other nearby towns/cities, universities, and rural businesses/residents throughout the Palouse region. Over the last 85 years, the Grande Ronde Aquifer water level has receded by more than 100 feet, and continues to decline. If left uncorrected, this trend could drastically affect the region and our ability to obtain and provide fresh, potable water. Join us and Cara Haley, City of Pullman Engineer, as we talk about where our potable water supply comes from, why we should care about how much water we use, and specific actions that can be taken by residents to collectively help reduce water usage.

The first 50 participants who register will be eligible to receive a Water-Saving kit. This kit will contain devices that you can use or install around the home to save water. Please note that you MUST attend the workshop to be eligible for a kit. We have a limited number of kits, so pre-registering early does not guarantee you a kit.

If you've missed any of our Conservation Talk Series discussions, you may watch them below. We will continue to upload new episodes to help keep our community engaged and learning about conservation throughout the Palouse. 

Cara Haley, City Engineer for the City of Pullman, discusses our aquifer and how you can help save water on the Palouse.

Kathy Hutton of Plants of the Wild discusses how to use native trees and shrubs in your next landscaping project.

Kathy Hutton of Plants of the Wild discusses how to use native trees and shrubs in your next landscaping project.

Composting is a highly sustainable and low-tech way to cycle nutrients and improve soil health. However, the process and results of composting can be very different depending on the materials and situation. Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, soil scientist and professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU, discusses ideal composting process and materials, as well as common limitations, realistic expectations, and appropriate uses for different composts.

Spalding’s Catchfly is a rare herbaceous perennial plant that grows in high-quality grasslands of the Palouse and other areas in the Intermountain West. Join Anthony Hatcher, Conservation Coordinator with PCD, to learn more about this regionally endemic species and the recovery efforts underway to preserve and increase populations here in Whitman County!

Tami Stubbs, Conservation Coordinator with PCD, provides an introduction to the agricultural systems of the Palouse region and some of the conservation practices that farmers, ranchers and landowners are implementing to protect and enhance the working lands of the Palouse.

Dr. Timothy Paulitz, USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist and WSU Adjunct Professor, joins us to discuss basic plant diseases you may encounter in your garden or yard, how to identify them, and how to control them without using chemicals.

Our own Zack Carter talk about "Conservation with Native Plants" and how you can use them to accomplish your own local conservation goals.  

Ryan Boylan teams up with WSU's Ames Fowler to talk about conservation agriculture on the Palouse, discuss some of their data, and how we can use research and monitoring to improve upon our current practices. 

The Palouse Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All programs and services of the Palouse Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability.

1615 NE Eastgate Blvd. Suite H

Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: 509-332-4101

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