Regional Solutions to Biosolids Challenges:
Opportunities for Growing New Facilities
This years Annual Meeting features the program "Regional Solutions to Biosolids Challenges" and offers a day's long review of treatment approaches, regulatory issues, and public outreach challenges. 6.5 hours of PDHs will be available for Engineers.
Non-MABA Members can purchase event registration on this page. We will enter your information into our database and contact you after your registration is processed.
The Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association invites you to join us for the 2018 MABA Summer Symposium at Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore, Maryland.
This two day event will feature two different themes
Day 1 Biosolids in the Chesapeake Bay and
Day 2 Optimizing Biosolids Technologies.
This year we can offer Maryland operator credits to our attendees.
2018 Summer Technical Symposium Program
Changes in presenters may occur.
You can register for the Summer Symposium and Social Event using your own Paypal account by registering at the MABA Member Site. If you do not have a Paypal account you can register using the Paypal links below. Contact Bill Toffey at firstname.lastname@example.org with any payment or symposium related questions.
July 17th & 18th
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Symposium Social Event
July 17 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
This conference is held by the Water Environment Federation in cooperation with the Arizona Water Environment Association, The Water Research Foundation, and the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance.
The Water Environment Federation's Residuals and Biosolids Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Residuals and Biosolids conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will cover a variety of topics including:
- Biosolids Uses
- Integrating Organics into the Wastewater Facility
- Regulatory Changes and Impact to Biosolids Management
- Biosolids Science and Microconstituents
- Energy Production from Digestion
- Pretreatment Technologies
- Managing Residuals from Organics/Biosolids Blends
- Bioenergy Management
- Solids Conditioning (Thickening and Dewatering)
- Thermal Processes
- Sidestream Management
- Marketing Nutrient Recovery
- University Research
- Resource Recovery Education and Communication
May 10 NJWEA all-day Biosolids Session at Bally's in Atlantic City
NOTE: This event will be FREE registration to MABA members for the day of the Biosolids Workshop. This will include entry to the exhibit hall and to the lunch provided at the noon break period.
The range of technology options for solids processing alternatives are wide, but so are the tools for comparing options and selecting final plans. The conference will focus on seven master plans, in several stages of development and implementation, that illustrate varying planning approaches and different outcomes. Attendees will be encouraged to dig down into plans and draw approaches they can apply to their own facilities and with their clients.
Register for the event here!
Please join CWEA’s Biosolids Committee and the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association as they present Getting the Most Out of Biosolids Products.
This training course, run by the PADEP, will address all aspects of the biosolids land application program. It will provide all attendees with basic training on regulatory requirements, collecting samples of biosolids, determining nutrients needed for crops, properly estimating the agronomic rate of biosolids for a field, etc.
The chemists who have developed PFAS analysis methods provide updates on the state of the science.
Of interest to state & federal agency staff; managers of wastewater, residuals, and soils; engineers; laboratories…
To join the webinar:
1. Simply click to https://join.me/nebiosolids
2. No need to register or download anything.
3. Best to use your phone for audio. See numbers in the phone icon at the top of your browser window or see the list below.* When prompted, enter the conference ID: 236-940-048 #
4. Use the chat bubble icon to ask questions.
The webinar will be recorded. Slides will be available from NEBRA.
WEF is offering a webinar on September 6 at 1 p.m. to review biosolids communications resources, show examples of positive messaging campaigns, and share best practices on responding to critics.
WEF anticipates a forthcoming release of a documentary “Biosludged.” The trailer indicates the movie takes a negative, inaccurate, and incomplete look at biosolids. We encourage you to prepare to respond to inquiries generated by the piece through these steps:
- Notify communications staff/departments of the documentary.
- Prepare a response strategy that relies on the science, track record, benefits, etc.
- Focus on positives of biosolids, not criticizing the documentary.
- Identify external validators who can provide positive, fact-based perspective.
Additionally, we are providing some resources to assist with biosolids messaging. A messaging book and other tools are available at http://biosolidsresources.org/OE/
WEF believes there is an opportunity for proactive, positive messaging campaigns to highlight the many benefits of biosolids. While there are a variety of efforts underway across the biosolids sector, there is room for others to become active and to expand current activities. Successful campaigns often:
- Highlight the proven benefits of biosolids for environment, economy, communities, etc.
- Utilize a variety of external validators such as scientists, agriculture, NGOs, etc.
- Use social media, earned media coverage, and web content.
Please share this information with others in the water sector as appropriate. If you have any questions, please contact Travis Loop, Senior Director of Communications and Public Outreach at WEF, at email@example.com or 703-684-2465.
This web seminar will provide a summary of current knowledge of PFAS in biosolids and other residuals, what the core concern is, and present recent research findings that address the potential for leaching of PFAS from land applied biosolids. Biosolids management professionals and engineers, water resource recovery facility operations, state and federal regulatory staff, farmers and other landowners, and policy makers will find this session informative.
Presenters: Dr. Linda Lee (Purdue), Dr. Ed Topp (Ariculture & Agri-Food Canada), Rick Stevens, U. S. EPAm and William Toffey, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association.
MABA will be hosting another break out session this year at the 102nd John J. (Jack) Lagrosa NJWEA Annual Conference and Exposition.
MABA members will have free admission into the day long biosolids session.
The NJWEA Conference and Exposition is the largest water environment exposition in the Northeast. The event draws participants from throughout the country for four days of training education and offers the opportunity to meet with manufactures and their representatives in a relaxed, informal setting to learn about their latest products.
Presenter: Matt Van Horne, Hazen and Sawyer
Recovery of methane from anaerobic digestion in the form of biogas has long been an integral component of the digestion process for process heating and for building heating. As more advanced technologies become more widely available additional pathways for digester gas recovery and utilization are considered more frequently. Electrical generation, thermal drying of biosolids, vehicle fuel and pipeline injection are some of the possibly pathways for digester gas utilization. This presentation will review the available technologies and identify some of the key economic and non-economic considerations that need to be taken into account in the evaluation of these approaches to allow for implementation of the highest value digester gas recovery approach.
Startup of Virginia’s Newest Organics Co-Digestion Facility
Presenter: Robert Wimmer, Energy Systems Group
The Frederick-Winchester Service Authority during the past 2 years constructed a $47 million anaerobic digestion system at the Opequon Water Reclamation Facility. This project added anaerobic digestion at the facility and allowed the Service Authority to accept high strength organic waste to create more biogas and ultimately result in significant electrical power generation to satisfy electrical demand at the site plus some power export to the grid. This presentation presents an overview of the project and discusses lessons learned during the startup of the facility during the summer and fall of 2016.
Webinar attendees can obtain 1 professional development hour credit to fulfill the state of Maryland professional engineer continuing professional competency requirements.