Bi-Weekly Biosolids Newsclips
"Petrichor." This is your "word-of-the-day," which i just learned myself this morning when I joined an early morning running group that includes an organic chemist. We were assembled at an unseasonably cold 37 degrees as a light rain started; a distinctive fragrance wafted by, and my running buddy says, "that is petrichor!" Like "biosolids," petrichor is a relatively new word, coined in 1964 by Australian chemists out of ancient Greek "petro" for rock and "ichor" for ethereal blood of the Gods. Petrichor is that distinctive scent that precedes a rain storm, arising from the release from clay minerals of a volatile oil when humidity suddenly rises and rain drops disperse aerosols. Unlike the release of the dimethyldisulfide from fresh biosolids, to which humans seem genetically predisposed to find repugnant, the petrichor emitted from clay elicits positive emotions in humans and animals. I know, it is not fair! On to the news!
Dear Biosolids Friends,
I urge you to visit the Virginia Biosolids Council website for two pieces of good news. First is the 2017 Annual Report of the success of its Code of Good Practice, which has reduced by 80 percent the complaints filed with the state over biosolids recycling operations. Second is an excellent new outreach brochure: Healthy Crops. Knowledgeable Neighbors. And, if you haven't checked out the positive stories from biosolids users (including one site, Beck-n-Rich Farm near my in-laws home in Rockbridge County, VA), I urge you to do so, as they serve as examples of what we all need to be doing to explain our work, including those of us here at MABA. Good work, VBC!
Dear Biosolids Friends,
Thank you for the more than a dozen presentation suggestions we received for our Summer Technical Symposium. The Program Committee is already at work going through them to create a great program in July. And before then, I will see some of you at the NYWEA 90th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, February 5 to 7 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Register here. And, MABA is co-hosting with the NJWEA Biosolids Committee 11 presentations on Thursday, May 10, at the Bally's during the 103rd NJWEA conference. Again, this year, MABA members are invited to register at no charge for that one day session (and, yes, there is a free lunch, with a visit to the Exhibition Hall, one of the best in the country).