Calif. environmental banking company purchases monitoring system

Loafer Creek LLC, a land, environmental, technology and mitigation banking company based in northern California, has purchased over $180,000 of water quality data collection equipment from YSI Incorporated...

ELK GROVE, CA, June 9, 2005 -- Loafer Creek LLC, a land, environmental, technology, and mitigation banking company headquartered in northern California, has purchased over $180,000 of water quality data collection equipment from YSI Incorporated. This monitoring system will help YSI's customer monitor natural resources on more than 40,000 acres of environmentally rich watershed property in northern California. Loafer Creek will also be looking forward to working with local farmers, water districts, and irrigation districts in building this state-of-the-art water model.

When the YSI system is installed in the ensuing weeks, land managers for Loafer Creek's conservation bank and related watershed properties will be able to monitor water quality using a real-time network of sensors and satellites. This data helps the company better monitor and understand the ways in which it can mitigate impact on the region's watersheds, wetlands, and endangered species. Loafer Creek also plans to work closely with certain local, state, and federal agencies and public interest groups in the location of the equipment and subsequent data analysis.

Dan Kohrdt, a member of Loafer Creek, states, "I am excited about working with YSI to set up cutting edge technology for water quality monitoring. The natural health and sustainability of ecosystems in Butte and Tehama counties will greatly benefit."

The YSI system designed for Loafer Creek includes these products: EcoNet web-enabled remote monitoring systems, 6600EDS extended deployment sondes, 9600 Nitrate Monitors, and SonTek/YSI Argonaut-SW instruments for shallow water measurements.

Loafer Creek (www.loafercreek.com) is certified for conservation banking for projects in northern California. Through its Dove Ridge Conservation Bank, Loafer Creek maintains acres of natural habitat which are assigned credits of ecological value. These credits may be purchased in order to offset developmental impacts on the natural resources.

YSI (www.ysi.com), an employee-owned company headquartered in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for data collection and analysis. The company's largest business unit, YSI Environmental, provides instrumentation and systems to global water quality, water quantity, and aquaculture markets.

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