The City of Laramie and Rowdy Yeatts from High Plains Biochar, LLC are partnering in an attempt to improve the condition of LaBonte Lake. On May 1, 2018 at 10:00am City of Laramie crews will be installing 30’ of biochar filled waddles, provided by High Plains Biochar, LLC in LaBonte Lake.
Biochar is a charcoal product produced in a high heat, low oxygen process using recycled wood chips created locally. Raw biochar is then placed in waddles and deployed in lakes to help reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and other contamination commonly found in storm water. “Our goal is to help the City of Laramie solve this problem and to demonstrate the effectiveness of our locally made product.” Says Rowdy Yeatts, High Plains Biochar, LLC. “As you may already know many towns across the region face similar issues with fertilizer and other contamination in storm water.”
Last year the City of Laramie implemented the use of enzymes to assist with water quality at LaBonte Lake. This trial utilizing biochar is intended to be supplementary to our existing operations and may also improve the effectiveness of the enzymes, aerator and the Solar Bee circulator. “We are excited to work with Rowdy and High Plains Biochar to improve the water quality in LaBonte Lake.” Says Todd Feezer, Director, Parks & Recreation Department. City crews are testing the water in LaBonte Lake for numerous contaminates before the deployment of the biochar waddles and approximately 30 days after deployment to evaluate the effectiveness of this process.
A short press conference will be held on May 1, 2018 at 10:00am at the “Warming Hut” located on the west side of LaBonte Lake. At that time City staff and Rowdy Yeatts, High Plains Biochar, LLC will be on hand to describe the process and answer questions related to this issue.