Posted on May 16, 2011

Lake County: PG&E Grant Will Help Students Explore Habitat at Restored Landfill

Students view a grove of eucaplytus trees that have been planted at the former Geothermal Inc. landfill.

PG&E will give a $2,500 grant to help science students at Middletown High School learn from a former landfill that now thrives as a wildlife habitat.

On May 13, about 40 students from the school learned about the project at the former Geothermal Inc. landfill in Lake County. The students toured the site and visited various stations to learn about the different aspects of the remediation work performed there.

At one station, the benefits of 30 acres of planted eucalyptus and poplar trees were explained. At another, the students heard how new wetlands had been created.

Students on a site tour

PG&E's Robert Saur explains how a former Lake County landfill became a wildlife habitat.

Robert Saur, a project manager for environmental remediation in PG&E’s shared services department, announced the grant and explained how the site would serve as an outdoor classroom for AP science students to support their curriculum and to complement their indoor classroom work.

Following the field trip, PG&E held an open house at the site. About 25 community members attended.

The transformation of the 460-acre property, once used as a dumping site for crews doing geothermal exploration and energy production work at the nearby Geysers, earned an award recently.

The Wildlife Habitat Council awarded PG&E Wildlife at Work certification in late 2010 as recognition of the efforts. The Council, a non-profit that promotes partnerships with corporations and communities to restore habitats, has awarded 641 certificates.  PG&E is a member of the organization.

The history of the former Geothermal Inc. landfill as well as its restoration was the subject of a Currents story earlier this year.

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