Rocket Fuel: Sydney Solids the Country’s Golden Manure

Sydney, Australia (9/9/17) -- Sydney Water is producing about 180,000 metric tons of biosolids fertilizer. Sheep farmer Stuart Kelly is ecstatic about the results he is seeing on his grazing fields and in the size of his sheep and the volume of wool they grow.
How Human Waste is Helping Aussie Farmers Get the Best out of Their Land

Source: http://www.forbesadvocate.com.au/story/491...

Award-Winning BIosolids Facility Offer Free Drop-Off This Saturday

Fort Wayne, IN (9/8/17) -- Fort Wayne City Utilities’ Biosolids and Composting Facility was honored with the 2017 Residuals & Resource Recovery Award for Excellence in Operation by the Indiana Water Environment Association. The facility held a day where residents of Allen County could dispose of yard and garden waste, tree branches, brush and grass clippings free of charge.
Verbatim: City Biosolids Facility to Offer Free Drop-off Saturday to County Residents

Source: https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/latest-new...

From Waste to Garden Riches

Washington, D.C. (9/15/17) -- Dr. Francis Gouin carries an impressive resume, having dedicated 20 years to compost research. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, founder of the Master Gardener program in Maryland and writes columns on gardening for The Bay Weekly, Annapolis Horticultural Society and other nursery and landscape publications. Dr. Gouin is now speaking up to share his excitement about DC Water’s Bloom. He blends bloom with other soil amendments and is testing the mix with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peppers and spinach. So far, tests have shown Bloom providing outstanding results for plant growth and health.

Source: http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gard...

Humans Have Been Using Their Waste As Fertilizer for Centuries. Now it Might Be Marketable

Washington, D.C. (8/23/17) -- DC Water’s Bloom fertilizer is the focus of this Washington Post article. The article sheds light on some of the concerns people have over land applying biosolids and also explains the extensive testing DC Water goes through to ensure a safe product.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/h...

Michigan Waste Treatment Facility Gets $32M Update

Pontiac, MI (8/29/17) -- The Oakland County Water Resources Commission is planning a new biosolids treatment facility at its Clinton River Water Resource Recovery Facility in Pontiac. The update will include a process called thermal hydrolysis pre-treatment to treat the sewage sludge.
WRC to Invest $32M into High-Tech Waste Treatment

Source: http://www.wral.com/michigan-waste-treatme...

Biosolids Alternative Would Use AWA Equipment, Land Method Could Also Generate Revenue

Altoona, PA (8/27/17) -- Several months ago, the Altoona board hear a presentation about sludge blow-drying equipment that could replace their existing centrifuge and help the authority generate revenue from producing a fertilizer product. Recently, the board heard another management alternative called “ deep row hybrid poplar biosolids recycling”. The biosolids would be put in trenches or land applied in forests to help mitigate environmental damage from strip mines. The method would remove the regulatory challenges of land applying biosolids on farmland.

Source: https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-n...

Rehoboth Updates Wastewater Agreement with Sussex County

Rehoboth, DE (8/7/17) -- Rehoboth and Sussex County are entering into a new agreement to manage their biosolids. Rehoboth currently takes the sludge or biosolids from Sussex and dewaters it until they transport it to farmland. Now, Sussex County will take the dewatered biosolids and transport it to a larger facility where it can be treated further.
Rehoboth Approves New County Agreement

Source: http://delawarepublic.org/post/rehoboth-up...

PA Legislative Finance Committee Biosolids Land Application Review Findings and Recommendation

The PA Legislative Finance Committee completed the report requested in the House Resolution 60 on Biosolids land application in Pennsylvania. Review the findings, recommendation and the full report. 

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BOS Urges Inspections for Farm Use Vehicles that Haul Sludge

Goochland, VA (7/21/17) -- County leaders are pushing state legislators to require all vehicles transporting biosolids to undergo state inspection. District 1 representatives are concerned about vehicles designated “farm use” that are not required to be registered or inspected, but still transport biosolids to farms.

 

Source: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/central...

Biomass Production Study of Hybrid Poplar Grown on Deep Trenched Municipal Biosolids


University of Maryland (7/2/17) -- “Hybrid poplar trees 2-6 years old were grown on a gravel mine spoil in southern Maryland that had biosolids applied using deer row application. The trees were harvested and processed to determine their biomass on a dry weight basis. The data was analyzed and regression analysis was used to create equations that could predict biomass from tree diameter at breast height. The equations developed would allow less intensive data collection and growth assessment of other plantations.”

Source: https://extension.umd.edu/learn/publicatio...

Slate Belt Sludge Plant Hearing on Hold

Plainfield Township, PA (7/19/17) --  Synagro Technologies Inc. has requested a postponement of a special meeting set before the township Planning Commission. The first meeting June 12 drew questions regarding odor, noise levels and wastewater discharge and other technical questions that are typically not answered until the company goes through the state permitting process. The company hopes to continue responding to questions and concerns.


Biomass Production Study of Hybrid Poplar Grown on Deep Trenched Municipal Biosolids
University of Maryland (7/2/17) -- “Hybrid poplar trees 2-6 years old were grown on a gravel mine spoil in southern Maryland that had biosolids applied using deer row application. The trees were harvested and processed to determine their biomass on a dry weight basis. The data was analyzed and regression analysis was used to create equations that could predict biomass from tree diameter at breast height. The equations developed would allow less intensive data collection and growth assessment of other plantations.”