Milwaukee, WI (11/28/16) -- Milorganite is celebrating its 90th year of production. Learn about Milorganite’s history of environmental stewardship and its current practices putting sustainability at the core of its operations.
Brantford, ON, Canada (10/5/16) -- Individuals with Wessuc, one of Ontario’s largest biosolids producers and applicators, discuss the benefit of land applying biosolids when done within regulatory standards.
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.
Calgary, AB, Canada (9/1/16) -- In 2013 The Mountainview Colony east of Calgary agreed to a ten year project to rebuild sandy soil using biosolids from the City of Calgary. Biosolids was spread over 700 acres and 2.5 million saplings were planted.
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.
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.
Wheatfield, NY (7/30/16) -- Neb Beecher explains the actions taken by the Wheatfield Town Board and the rulings of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. He shares some of his own thoughts on the situation and pushes for a stance other than “no biosolids anywhere”.
News Wise, Soil Science Society of America (7/1/16) -- The Soil Science Society of America June 1 Soils Matter blog post explains that biosolids are one of the most scientifically studied products used for agriculture and home gardens. To read the blog post follow the link provided here.
Sellersville, PA (5/31/16) -- Here is a positive review of the Pennridge Wastewater Treatment Authority sewer plant. The facility land applies its biosolids to farms in Lancaster and has gone more than 12 years without an on-the-job injury.
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.
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.
Portland, ME (5/8/16) -- This article explains the benefits of the wastewater treatment process in Portland, Maine. Solids from the facility are transported to Casella Organics where they are composted.
Cambridge, ON, Canada (4/22/16) -- This article, written by Lystek Canada is an a reflective piece on the benefits of land applying biosolids. The article identifies recycling, environmental protection and job creation as some of the many benefits created from the biosolids profession.
Fort Wayne, IN (4/22/16) -- This articles shares the environmental benefits the Fort Wayne Biosolids Facility provides to the community. The facility produces 30,000 tons of biosolids that are used in gardens and yards. Biosolids and mulch are available for free pick up to residents of Fort Wayne.
Environmental Protection (3/15/16) -- This article supports the land application of biosolids saying it is a way to recycle nutrients back into soil.
Chicago, IL (12/7/15) -- Greater Chicago has been converting its sewage sludge into biosolids for use as soil enhancer on farmland for more than 30 years. Illinois recently passed a bill allowing the city’s biosolids to be sold to the public to use on lawns and vegetable gardens.
Nicola Valley, BC, Canada (12/3/15) -- The world is losing farmland at a rapid rate to erosion and chemical depletion. This article suggest using treated sewage on fields rather than high-nitrogen fertilizers. In the past farmers commonly used feces on farmland and called the the material “night soil”.
Climate Progress, National (11/19/15) -- This article is a review of how wastewater treatment plants are reducing our environmental impact.
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.
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.