Biosolids Science Blogs
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.
I have frequently opined that land reclamation is the highest and best use of biosolids, and I say it again here. I have a vision for restoring degraded landscapes.
The Flint debacle is still spinning my wheels. I had this thought early on: might the release of lead through the Flint water system be traceable to the wastewater and biosolids in Flint? What do you think?
Let's reflect on the resolutions we can make as environmentalists and biosolids activists.
I suspect many of us who have worked with biosolids have had situations of startling invasion by houseflies, yet have not connected that incident to Part 503 VAR regulations. We have the opportunity to deploy several new tools and technologies to objectively measure attributes that key in to actual vector attractiveness.
Rob Stewart was the keynote speaker at the WEFTEC 2015 Opening General Session, “Leading the Water Resource Revolution.”Stewart delivered on his assignment to “push water to the forefront of innovation.”
All types of industries abide by a code of good practices. The biosolids industry has some codes of good practices, but it is time we update.
Handouts like “tip of the iceberg” raise concerns for those who don't know the science of biosolids recycling, or general agricultural/environmental science