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Biomass Connect Webinar No. 5

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


November 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Biomass Crops for Water Quality Protection and Waste Water Management

Fast-growing biomass crops can play a part as a toolkit measure in flood mitigation (stemming the flow of water and stopping large objects floating downstream and blocking culverts). This potentially allows these crops to enable people more time to prepare for a flood event and leads to a reduction in the economic impact and threat to life. These crops are also very adept at providing barriers to dirty water run-off into rivers and lakes and can be used as biofilters for industrial elements. They can also be used as contained Zero Discharge systems for individual houses and hamlets. This webinar explores the opportunities and the obstacles to harnessing this potential.

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Chris Johnston – AFBI

Chris joined AFBI in 2012 where he is Project Leader in Environment & Renewable Energy research. Whilst the research programme that he manages is within the Agri-Environment Branch, he is based at AFBI Hillsborough in Northern Ireland where the majority of the facilities for Environment and Renewable energy reside.

Chris is also part of the Biomass Connect Project Management Team.

Clair Payne – West Cumbrian Rivers Trust

Clair works for the West Cumbria Rivers Trust as the Glenderamackin Project Officer, working with landowners and farmers to deliver natural flood management and habitat creation projects. She has previously worked as a ranger for the National Trust in the South Lakes and volunteered for The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) in Leeds. She has a BSc in Geography from Newcastle University.

In her spare time, Clair enjoys riding her mountain bike and swimming in many of the Lake District’s wonderful tarns.