Biosolids Classroom Blogs
The state-of-knowledge on wastewater and land treatment effects on ARG transmission is still early. Research today suggests that enhancement of treatment plant and land application practices can provide sound and effective barriers. If you make biosolids products that measure very low in indicator organisms and that attract no flies, you are likely doing well already. So, while climate change may continue to wreak havoc with rising sea levels, sulfide gases, unlivable heat, and crop failures, we can nevertheless be soundly managing our corner of the world. A global dystopia may inevitably descend, but at least we will be maintaining a Biosolids Utopia.
The Journal of Environmental Quality announced its "top two," 2016 JEQ Best Paper Award recipients. The TOP TWO issues can be helped solved by Biosolids. It can do so in its Class B, low cost form, but for disjointed programs, policies and priorities that interfere with biosolids use in P deficient areas.
In our biosolids world, very few of us have the goal for our biosolids to be “remarkable,” because the remarks are usually of the wrong kinds, and they go viral for the wrong reasons. That is what we need to change. We need to tell our “remarkable” stories, and we need positive viral results.
Some municipal solids waste landfills are developing, deep within, hot zones which pose serious concerns. Gas production subsides, liners are at risk, leachate becomes highly contaminated, and temperatures build. The cause is not known, but biosolids has been implicated. A national study is underway to better understand this pheonomenon.
Has the topic of perfluorinated substances recently come up on your radar? Here we share backround information about the compounds and current knowledge about their existance in biosolids and wastewater.
No mystery shrouds the task ahead for building public support for biosolids. We need to use basic biosolids communications and tell our story.
Arguments connecting biosolids land application to negative community health affects are misguided. What has science shown us about biosolids odors?
Training courses are popping up for all types of skill sets. How is the biosolids industry making educational opportunities available to biosolids professionals?
We are learning at an accelerating rate of the fate of persistent organic pollutants, the POPs, treated in systems where biosolids are destined for soils
The MABA 2016 Annual Symposium provided stories from 15 experts on a wide range of biosolids truth.We review half of these presentations this week.
We are early on the learning curve with Extracellular Polymeric Substances. Learning more will lead us to describing a “high quality biosolids” product.
Many of us have played with the notion that biosolids deserves to play in the same sandbox as manure and other organic residuals. Where do we stand?
We need to come up with a set of principles and a name for a new a higher quality of biosolids. Biosolids rich in organic matter and nutrients, it would have an earthy odor, it would be free of pathogens, it would be soft to the touch and easy to mix with soil, and it could be bagged or stacked in piles behind the garden shed.
A key driver for ROUTES is hygienization. Eventually the common practices for biosolids stabilization will include systems that we see as experimental.
Let's take a look at composting toilets and a decentralized approached to wastewater management. Is there an opportunity to beneficially use the solids?
I have frequently opined that land reclamation is the highest and best use of biosolids, and I say it again here. I have a vision for restoring degraded landscapes.
The Flint debacle is still spinning my wheels. I had this thought early on: might the release of lead through the Flint water system be traceable to the wastewater and biosolids in Flint? What do you think?
A lot of new science and new assessments. This deserves our attention and, what is more, even in the absence of EPA funding, it deserves investment of our money. The pay back might be most keen in providing incentives for companies to evolve treatment technologies and for public agencies to institute best practices. The pay back is also in our pride when we well-serve our ratepayers and communities.
Climate change has claimed a global audience and forum, but forecast consequences of mismanagement of residuals are no less urgent. We in the biosolids community of practice have not well served humanity and Earth in our complacency with a comparatively easy job, with its robust technologies, sharp-edged regulations, and focused science.
All types of industries abide by a code of good practices. The biosolids industry has some codes of good practices, but it is time we update.