Torch Club members tour La Conner Wastewater Facility
The National award-winning Brave Heroes Torch Club has not lost momentum as they are committed to learning more about the environment and how they, through educating their peers, can become better stewards of it. On February 18th, Brave Heroes Torch Club took a field trip to the La Conner Wastewater Facility located on Chilberg Road in La Conner, WA. The purpose of this educational experience was to learn about how the Waste Water Facility operates as well as the composting the facility does with the waste that comes from the towns water. Before this trip, most members only knew composting as food scraps that can be stored and used in gardens like we do at the Club for Positive Sprouts.
At the La Conner Wastewater Facility Club members learned that through filtering the water the facility takes the bio-waste and creates bio-solids which are then mixed with wood chips and soil, heated to 160 degrees for 30 days which removes any leftover bacteria, and is then sent out into the community for gardening in flower beds and vegetable gardens as well as some local farming fields. The most interesting fact of this experience was learning that after all the filtering and treatment, the facility pumps 330,000 gallons of water daily out into the La Conner channel.
Brave Heroes Torch Club is a small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Through service activities, Torch Club Members identify Club and community needs, develop programs and activities and actively participate in their community.