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FOG Prevention Training for Rural Communities

The Motivation


from water.georgetown.org

Fats, Oils, and Grease (aka FOG) can wreak havoc on wastewater infrastructure. FOG causes sewer clogs, overflows, and backups in public and private sewer lines. And it causes breakdowns in wastewater treatment facilities.

We all pay the cost for wastewater failures. Taxpayers, utilities, and businesses pay for infrastructure upkeep and repair. This cost can be significant to cities and devastating to small towns. For example, a wastewater facility in Canby, Oregon (population 15,000), recently calculated that excess FOG costs the district and ratepayers about $4 million annually. In addition to paying infrastructure costs, we all suffer the public health costs that come from sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs).

The most effective way to deal with FOG problems, in terms of economic and environmental cost, is to prevent them before they take their destructive shapes.

The Project: FOG Prevention Training for Rural Communities

In 2014, PPRC is providing technical assistance training workshops for rural communities throughout the Northwest to reduce the harmful impacts of FOG. These one-day workshops will help communities, which may lack technical resources, to:FOG Logo print-01

  • Develop a FOG abatement program
  • Learn more about Best Management Practices in dealing with FOG
  • Access useful FOG-prevention resources and receive ongoing technical support

Workshops are open to:

  • Public works maintenance personnel
  • Building officials and managers
  • Restaurant managers and personnel
  • Pumpers and Plumbers
  • Health inspectors
  • City managers, and any other professionals who have stake in minimizing the harmful effects of FOG

* In all four Region 10 states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington), workshops qualify for 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Workshops will take place from March to August, 2014. Register for individual workshops HERE. A full schedule of workshops is below.

Workshop Schedule 2014

Here are the completed workshops:

March 19 Eastern Oregon University La Grande, OR
March 20, 2014 Columbia Gorge Community College The Dalles, OR
April 2, 2014 Rogue Community College Medford, OR
April 28, 2014 Confluence Technology Center Wenatchee, WA
May 19, 2014 Skyline Activity Center Idaho Falls, ID
May 21, 2014 College of Idaho Caldwell, ID
June 3, 2014 Burlington Public Library Burlington, WA
July 22, 2014 University of Alaska-Anchorage Anchorage, AK
July 24, 2014 Wood Center, University of Alaska-Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK
August 12, 2014 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA

Here is the remaining schedule:

August 14, 2014 Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID
August 19, 2014 Driftwood Public Library Lincoln City, OR

The trainings will be led by PPRC’s own Ken Grimm along with water service experts local to individual training sites. Ken has significant experience running technical assistance programs in a variety of industries. For additional info about the training series, or individual events, contact Ken: kgrimm(at)pprc.org

Information for Participants of Individual Workshops

For workshop attendees, here are information sheets on each individual event. They include info on site directions, food, lodging and other handy details you may like to know.

Additional Resources (coming soon)

Stay tuned for a collection of useful resources on FOG-abatement and re-use opportunities.


The resources to carry out this training project were generously provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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