Water Board Turns Sludge into a Profitable Venture

Jasper, AL (10/1/16) -- The Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board uses its biosolids to enrich the soil at the Board’s Reclamation and Agriculture Complex which is used for hay production and grazing land. Jason Langley, the Sewer Board Manager, has expressed interested in eventually selling the product as a Class A biosolids fertilizer.

Source: http://mountaineagle.com/stories/water-boa...

ECUA Compost: Debunking the Myths

Pensacola, FL (8/3/16) -- Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s new product, Emerald Coast Bloom, has been introduced to the gardening community and is getting a mixed reception. Some people are worried about the mixture of pharmaceuticals in the fertilizer while other gardeners including Ever’man community gardener Cat McCreery, is impressed with its quality.

Source: http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2016/08/03/e...

Greening Mines

Missouri (8/2/16) -- The Doe Run Company has been extracting resources from Missouri mines, which represent some of the world’s largest lead deposits. Eventually the mines will close and Doe Run will remediate the sites as required. Building off of a research project funded by Doe Run Co. research by Ph.D. student Mariam Al-Lami and Joel Burken, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering have shown biosolids to be an excellent resource for the mine land remediation.

Source: http://news.mst.edu/2016/08/greening-mines...

MWRD Soil Enriches South Side Community Garden Projects

Chicago, IL (5/24/16) -- The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago formed a new partnership with an urban gardening organization. The MWRD will provide composted biosolids to 72 community gardens overseen by the ChicaGRO Intergenerational Growing Project's organization.

Source: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/mwrd-soil-e...

City of Second Chance Soils

Chicago, IL (5/18/16) -- This article summarizes the reclamation initiative in Chicago at what was once the world’s largest steel working mill. Biosolids and dredged sediment were used to cover 511 football fields of land. This topsoil was purchased at $35 per cubic yard and was delivered to the site at no cost. Researchers saw that biosolids increased the soil’s fertility and ability to hold water. It also encouraged a thicker growth of turf grass on the property and helped eliminate risk from other industrial chemicals on-site.

Source: http://newswise.com/articles/city-of-secon...

MacArthur Genius Grant Winner Makes Waste a Resource


Scientific American, National (9/29/15) – Kartik Chandran, of Columbia University and winner of a MacArthur Genius Grant, sees sewage as a resource. He believes the resources like carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen found is sewage sludge can be used to benefit developing countries. Chandran views waste streams as energy streams. Engineers Without Borders’ student chapter at Columbia University is doing field work in Ghana. They are designing toilets that recover nutrients in villages so they can be used in agriculture.

Achieve Energy Neutrality Through Codigestion


Water Technology, National (9/28/15) – This article summarizes codigestion programs at wastewater treatment plants. It explains what facilities can take into consideration when a deciding to use organic materials to produce electricity. The article acknowledges the challenges of implementing a codigestion program, but supports a shift of wastewater treatment plants turning into energy centers.