Composting Helps Water Quality

  • 6 September 2018
  • Author: Frederika Bain
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Composting Helps Water Quality

Extension agent Glen Fukumoto (HNFAS) recently returned from the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, where he was doing work on water quality and piggery systems as part of his MultiState Extension project with the college’s Pacific Island land-grant partners. Here he stands with farmer William David in front of a newly constructed dry-litter technology piggery in the village of Pehleng on Pohnpei, one of 15 DLT piggeries slated to be built in that village alone. Developed by Glen and other partners, the DLT system uses no water for washing down the pens. Instead, it uses a bed of carbon-based greenwaste to absorb the wastes, which combine to be processed into compost. This reduces water pollution in the freshwater stream resources. Glen and others in the college have been working with Pohnpei partners since 1997, and especially since 2011.