Technology For Converting Woody Biomass Into Fuel Through Mobile Unit

Demonstration of mobile pyrolysis unit, OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is sponsoring a demonstration of mobile pyrolysis technologies on May 8 in Bingen, Washington. The mobile pyrolysis units will demonstrate the conversion of woody biomass into bio-oil, bio-char, and syngas. This technology uses high temperatures to convert woody debris from forest harvests into bio-fuel directly in the field, making this renewable energy source more cost effective.

The demonstration is open to the public; however, registration is required. Register early as space is limited. There is no cost to attend. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2014-15 Puget Sound Action Agenda

Public invited to learn about 2014-15 Puget Sound Action Agenda updates. Community members are invited to learn more about the Puget Sound Action Agenda and revised Near Term Actions for 2014-15 at one of two public open houses: •April 15: 5 to 7 p.m.  at the Center for Urban Waters, 326 East D St., Tacoma •April 16: 5 to 7 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, Plaza Room, 650 Main Street, Edmonds

First developed in 2008, the Action Agenda is a “roadmap” for restoring Puget Sound. The Action Agenda also serves as the EPA-approved Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan under the Puget Sound National Estuary Program.

The Action Agenda identifies priorities for the protection, restoration and cleanup of Puget Sound and articulates opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal and private entities to align priorities, invest resources and coordinate actions. It also includes the framework used by the Puget Sound Partnership to track recovery progress. The Action Agenda is designed to be adapted and adjusted. By statute (RCW 90.71), consideration of revisions must be made every two years.

This 2014 update of the Action Agenda is limited in scope to the revision of Near Term Actions, which are actions that should begin or be completed within the next two years.  Near Term Actions identify what organization is the “owner” of specific actions and includes specific actions and milestones to measure progress. New initiatives, priorities, and strategies are not included in this update, but will be considered when substantial review and updating takes place in 2016.


Central Mason Fire & EMS May Meetings

The Board of Commissioners for Central Mason Fire & EMS (Mason 5) will be holding its May meetings on the 14th and 28th of May at 4:00 PM. The meeting is held at 122 W Franklin St, Shelton WA. This change is just for May, 2014.

Open House to Help Businesses Prepare for Upcoming Plastic Bag Ban

The City of Olympia Waste ReSources and Thurston County Solid Waste invite all city businesses to a Plastic Bag Ban open house at Olympia City Hall. Located at : Olympia City Hall, Room 207, 601 4th Avenue East on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

The open house will help retailers prepare for the upcoming plastic bag ban that goes into effect July 1, 2014. City and County staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss outreach efforts and have samples of bags on display. Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Thurston County (the unincorporated areas) have adopted an ordinance that bans stores from giving out many types of single-use plastic bags. Stores must also charge at least 5 cents for paper carryout bags to encourage people to bring reusable bags. For more information about the plastic bag ban, visit