Monthly Archives: July 2018

Jean Bonhotal-The Science of Composting

Jean Bonhotal came to the island with a great, informative presentation. The presentation was at the Community Center on June 25th and we thank them for the use of their facilities.
Take a couple of minutes to check out her slidesĀ BONHOTAL Science of Composting -2018

Jean has worked at the Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for over 20 years, first working for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Broome County, then for the Cornell Waste Management Institute. Reducing, repurposing, recycling and composting solid and organic residuals to mine and redirect resources from our waste stream is a systematic way to manage our waste stream.
Characterizing waste streams is important to be able to separate and determine value-added purposes for different residuals. Compost quality and consistency in the market place is also a high priority, as well as encouraging use to build healthy soils and redistribute nutrients.
Previous experience includes working with different agencies including US Forest and National Park Service, US EPA, NYS DEC and the landscape and greenhouse industry.
She received an M.S. degree in Education and Communication from SUNY Binghamton in 1991, a B.S. in Biology from Utah State University in 1984 and an A.A.S. in Natural Resources from SUNY Morrisville.

Balloons Banned on Block Island

I’ll assume we are all aware balloons have disastrous effects on wildlife and our ecosystem. “Environmentally friendly” balloons are on the market with mixed results as to their true “friendliness”.
April 9, 2018 Block Island banned ANY TYPE of balloon from being sold or used.
Here is an article from The Block Island Times