Biosolids Science Blogs
How wonderfully ironic that the Universe, with its first implausible cosmic event supplying a superabundance of meteorite-borne phosphorus, then with its implausible life-generating creation of self-replicating cells of cyanobacteria with phospholipids on the outside and phosphorus-fueled energy system inside, now set us humans up with an implausible challenge of our own. We have today the challenge of living in non-toxic harmony with our ancestral cyanobacteria through wise husbandry of the superabundance of phosphorus emitted by our actions and bodily processes. If we are to perpetuate our own species, we need to meet this Ultimate Cyano-Biosolids Challenge.
We are seeing real team spirit in our wastewater community for solving the challenge to dewatering performance of Bio-P plants. Though it will certainly not yield a million-person street parade, like the Eagle's Super Bowl celebration in Philadelphia, someday we will rightfully celebrate a SOLID BIOSOLIDS PERFORMANCE!
We individual biosolids experts need to work more as part of a human “supraorganism.” We all need to imagine our biosolids processes optimized and controlled in real time and automatically via the kind of DNA sequencing and spectrometry that is deployed in other disciplines. We need to study the inexplicable growth-promoting capabilities of biosolids as fervently as the Pentagon studied the inexplicable maneuvering capabilities of unidentified flying objects. But, in our case, we need to study biosolids as a different sort of UFO, say Uniquely Fertile Organics.
The C&E News article is replete with entrepreneurial joy at the chance to transform wastewater into useful chemicals. We biosolids professionals are accustomed to urging resource recovery, but let us go even further in a joyful embrace of Biosolids Alchemy.
We need to build upon the concepts of conservation agriculture and its amplification as “regenerative agriculture” to establish a new role for biosolids as a tool for building soil health in modern farming.
Top soil manufactured with biosolids is where we set our sights. Let's go back to those soil blends that Terry Logan and Billie Lindsay were designing twenty years ago, and let's jump onto those blends that Greg Evanylo has been testing over the past two years through his WE&RF High Quality Biosolids research. That is where biosolids lends its best features, particularly its phosphorus, where biosolids offers the most value, and where biosolids is “tops.” Let’s focus our biosolids programs on the manufacture of a Top Sustainable Top Soil.
We can dream big about how we build the biosolids infrastructure of our future cities, and to do so against shifting technology, uncertain finance, changing regulation, and political resistance. But our dreams may remain fantasies without the kind of support from our customers and from environmental activists who ought to be our allies, not opponents, needed to achieve clean water and better soils. To get to that wonderful place, we may need to dive into unfamiliar popular culture of gaming and movie making to draw in political and financial support.
The state-of-knowledge on wastewater and land treatment effects on ARG transmission is still early. Research today suggests that enhancement of treatment plant and land application practices can provide sound and effective barriers. If you make biosolids products that measure very low in indicator organisms and that attract no flies, you are likely doing well already. So, while climate change may continue to wreak havoc with rising sea levels, sulfide gases, unlivable heat, and crop failures, we can nevertheless be soundly managing our corner of the world. A global dystopia may inevitably descend, but at least we will be maintaining a Biosolids Utopia.
The Journal of Environmental Quality announced its "top two," 2016 JEQ Best Paper Award recipients. The TOP TWO issues can be helped solved by Biosolids. It can do so in its Class B, low cost form, but for disjointed programs, policies and priorities that interfere with biosolids use in P deficient areas.
Some municipal solids waste landfills are developing, deep within, hot zones which pose serious concerns. Gas production subsides, liners are at risk, leachate becomes highly contaminated, and temperatures build. The cause is not known, but biosolids has been implicated. A national study is underway to better understand this pheonomenon.
Has the topic of perfluorinated substances recently come up on your radar? Here we share backround information about the compounds and current knowledge about their existance in biosolids and wastewater.
I urge us to rejoin the endeavor to achieve a nuisance-free, pathogen-free biosolids product. As it stands, our commitment to biosolids odors control stinks
Science has given us powerful new tools for microbial characterization of environmental samples. Biosolids is an amazing cross over between the American Gut and the Environmental Microbiome Project spheres.
What attributes of biosolids microbial communities contribute most to a positive growth response in plants, and how can we design our treatment plant equipment to optimize those attributes?
We are early on the learning curve with Extracellular Polymeric Substances. Learning more will lead us to describing a “high quality biosolids” product.
Many of us have played with the notion that biosolids deserves to play in the same sandbox as manure and other organic residuals. Where do we stand?
Researchers recently determined that biosolids use in agroecosystems does not affect aspects of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi functioning
Let's take a look at composting toilets and a decentralized approached to wastewater management. Is there an opportunity to beneficially use the solids?
Integrity includes listening to our critics. Lets turn to those who have published their biosolids research in peer-reviewed science journals.
The future design and operation of anaerobic digestion and co-digestion at wastewater facilities will be dictated by new scientific tools that measure and monitor the behavior of microbial communities.