Share Your Thoughts About Using Plants to Clean up Gas Works Park!
I am a graduate student at the University of Washington, currently working on my dissertation in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. I’m studying the social acceptability of phytoremediation, which refers to the use of plants to clean up contaminated areas.
I am planning a series of small community meetings to listen to what community members have to say about the possibility of phytoremediation at Gas Works Park. These meetings will take place in the form of focus groups, where everyone attending will have the opportunity to express thoughts, concerns, and general ideas about Gas Works Park and the possible addition of plants.
As a part of the community surrounding Gas Works Park, you have a unique and extremely valuable perspective to offer. I would love to hear what you think about phytoremediation at Gas Works Park and listen to any questions you may have. I will be holding focus groups on several dates in March and April. If you would like to participate or if you would just like more information about my research project, please feel free to call or email me at [email protected] or (206) 714-7142. Thanks a lot!
Phytoremediation, in case you’re curious, is “the direct use of green plants and their associated microorganisms to stabilize or reduce contamination in soils, sludges, sediments, surface water, or ground water”.
The soil and groundwater at Gas Works was contanimated through its years of use as a gasification plant from 1906 to 1956, and phytoremediation, as well as capping and removal, has been used to remove and contain the contaminants.
(Photo by Jonathan Colman)