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Addressing the Impacts of PFAS in Biosolids

WWD (9/10/21) - This article gives a general look at PFAS and the planning and management WWRFs are taking to meet regulations. Many WWRFs in the U.S. are proactively evaluating solutions to mitigate PFAS. Source reduction is the most cost-effective and efficient solution.

Analysis of PFAS in Aqueous, Solid, Biosolids, and Tissue Samples by LC-MS/MS: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Draft Method 1633

US EPA (9/10/21) - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued Draft Method 1633 (“Draft Method”) titled: Analysis of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Aqueous, Solid, Biosolids, and Tissue Samples by LC-MS/MS. This laboratory method is said to identify 40 PFAS compounds in eight media.

Overnight Fire Shutters Ecoremedy Plant

Morrisville, PA (8/23/21) - The EcoRemedy facility in Morrisville, PA recently had a fire break out in their storage area. The fire started late in the night and no one was injured.

EPA Awards Nearly $6M for Research on Pollutants Found in Biosolids

EPA (9/28/21) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $5,976,976 in funding to four institutions for research to support states, municipalities, and utilities in determining the potential risks to human health and the environment from pollutants found in biosolids, also known as treated sewage sludge.

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. – to use analytical, toxicological, and risk sciences tools to identify previously unknown biosolids-associated organic contaminants, trace their fate through multiple environmental media, and prioritize them for future decision-making.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.– to improve knowledge of occurrence, transport, fate, plant uptake, livestock, and human exposure to pollutants in land-based biosolids including pharmaceuticals, personal care product residues, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Va. – to evaluate the influence of wastewater source and treatment choice on pollutants in sludge to improve strategies for monitoring sludge-related pollutants, select optimal treatment processes and reduce contaminate levels in U.S. biosolids and receiving soils.
  • The Water Research Foundation, Denver, Colo. – to conduct studies and use the data to evaluate fate and transport models in risk assessments, leading to recommended best practices to reduce or manage potential risks of unregulated organic chemicals in biosolids-amended fields.

Synagro Begins Construction of New Biosolids Recycling Facility in Cumberland County, New Jersey
Cumberland County, NJ (9/30/21) - Synagro Technologies, Inc. recently began construction of a new biosolids recycling facility in Cumberland County, New Jersey. The composting facility is privately financed, owned, and operated by Synagro and is located on land leased from the Cumberland County Improvement Authority.

Sherman Hears Pitch For Biosolids Processing Facility

Sherman, NY (9/29/21) - The Sherman Village Board explored the possibility of hosting a biosolids processing facility at a meeting recently. Tid Griffin, CEO of Griffin Residuals, spoke to board members via ZOOM about constructing an advanced biosolids drying facility in the village to process sewage sludge into Class A biosolids. 

AWA Uses Biosolids in Reforestation Efforts

Altoona, PA (10/1/21) - The Altoona Water Authority will spend up to $65,000 to spread 3,800 tons of Class B biosolids produced by its sewer plants on reclaimed strip mine ground in the watershed above the Horseshoe Curve. The authority will pay $45,000 to a contractor to disk 80 acres of ground to incorporate the biosolids as fertilizer for the reforestation project, which is being funded through the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, part of DEP, according to General Manager Mark Perry.


Illinois American Water Announces Results of Partnership
Woodridge, IL (10/2/21) - Over the last four years, Illinois American Water has partnered with Illinois farmers to apply over 96,000 dry tons of residuals and biosolids, rather than sending them to a landfill. Illinois American Water operations in Champaign County, Chicago Metro, Granite City, Peoria, and Streator have participated in the program. This article gives an overview of this innovative program. 

During Source Water Protection Week, Illinois American Water Announces Results of Partnership with Illinois Farmers

How Chicago’s Poop Becomes Amazing Fertilizer

Chicago, IL (10/1/21) - In 2015 state legislation made biosolids compost from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago available to the community. In the winter of 2020, The Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative and “farm-to-vase florist” Southside Blooms, reached out to MWRD with a plan for the compost.

Aussie First Takes Shape

Logan, Queensland, Australia (9/20/21) - “Two sewage sludge dryers, weighing 34 tonnes each, have been installed at Australia’s first biosolids gasification facility being built at the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant (LWWTP). The dryers, made in Germany by Dutch company ELIQUO, arrived at the Port of Brisbane last month and have been craned into place at LWWTP.” City of Logan Mayor Darren Power said the latest development brings Council closer to its goal of carbon neutrality by the end of 2022.

City Utilities Receives 3 Awards from Indiana Water Environmental Association

Wayne, IN (9/22/21) - At its recent state conference, the Indiana Water Environmental Association (IWEA) awarded Fort Wayne City Utilities’ Water Pollution Control Plant in three areas. City Utilities said the plant received the Safety Excellence Award for maintaining a safe, secure and healthy operation, the Laboratory Excellence Award for collecting and quality management of the data required to meet the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System standards, and the Biosolids Facility was honored for developing and implementing cost-effective, environmentally safe biosolids for public use with the Residuals and Resource Recover Award.

City to Apply Biosolids to Land Under New Long-Term Land Application Environment Act License

Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, (9/24/21) - The City of Steinbach will be applying biosolids to land under the new long-term land application Environment Act License that allows for the dispersal of biosolids as operations require. This land application, set to begin in November and continue for one week, will adhere to the guidelines set out by Manitoba Conservation and Climate and complies with all applicable Acts and Regulations, including the Manitoba Water Protection Act, the Manitoba Environment Act, the Nutrient Management Regulation and the granted Environment Act License.

Recycling Phosphorus from Sewage Sludge – a Trade-Off Between the Environment and the Economy

Austria (9/27/21) - This article explores the logistical, economical, and legal considerations for creating a circular economy around using phosphorus from sewage sludge for the phosphate industry in Austria. 

Treated Sewage Effluent Explored as Key Enhancer of UAE’s Food and Water Security

Dubai, UAE (9/20/21) - A workshop was held with an activity outlining a specialist research project that is being conducted in the UAE. The four main partners of the project; the UAE-based International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA); International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA); the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU); and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) are evaluating how the UAE’s growing landscape of advanced farming within protected agriculture systems initiatives - such as indoor greenhouses and vertical farms - can benefit from using TSE and biosolids, much of which is currently wasted. The country produces around 735 million cubic meters of TSE each year, but more than a quarter of this resource is either lost or discharged into the sea and about 167,000 tons of biosolids are produced annually, but mostly not put to beneficial use.

 

PFAS Common Sense

Apologies, but we are back to PFAS again this month.  As with last time, this one was triggered by another new publication.  This time the US EPA (Emerging issues in food waste management: Persistent chemical contaminants) came out with an analysis of PFAS in food scrap-based digestates and composts that also includes references to biosolids.  The report was prepared by consultants who talked to a lot of knowledgeable people.  Nevertheless, you read the report, and once again you catch yourself looking up to see if the sky really is falling.  

For my part, I look at the cover of the publication, and the contaminants that scream out to me are the bits of plastic you can see on the surface of the compost.

It just so happens that at the recent Northwest Biosolids Biofest (held online, so no excuses if you missed it) we had a full day of PFAS.  One of the speakers, who is also one of the experts consulted by EPA on its document, was Linda Lee.  She is perhaps the world’s expert on PFAS in organics and an exceptional soil chemist based at Purdue University.  A presentation on the topic is article #2 (PFAS Characteristics, Fate, and Challenges in Waste Management).  It is very similar to the talk that she gave at our conference, but the hosts for this paper gave her more time, so it has a few additional slides.  This is high-level chemistry that really gives you solid information on the properties and transformations of these compounds in a soil environment.  The two main points are: 1) short-chain compounds can transform to longer-chain versions in the WWTP and in the soil and high carbon and 2) higher chain lengths restrict movement of the PFAS compounds in the soil.  So, one good and one bad.  The point here is that PFAS are an interesting class of compounds, and Dr. Lee is eminently qualified to study them. 

From Dr. Linda Lee we move on to Dr. Ian Pepper.  Ian also spoke in the PFAS section of the conference.  He has a new paper out (Incidence of Pfas in soil following long-term application of class B biosolids).  The impetus for this research was a ban on land application of Class B biosolids in Pima County, Arizona, based on concerns over PFAS.  Ian and his team took samples from long-term application sites that have been used to grow cotton, a high irrigation demand crop in the AZ desert.  The graphical abstract from the paper pretty much tells the story:

 

 It turns out that the irrigation water used on the site also contained PFAS.  It wasn’t just the biosolids.  This had also been the case at the site in Kern County, California, years back.  This PFAS stuff is everywhere, which is the main reason we can detect it in biosolids and in food scrap compost.  As a result of Dr. Pepper’s work, Pima County has again started to apply biosolids.  He spent a portion of his talk at Biofest describing a proposed study where he is hoping to replicate the realism that got Pima County to back away from the ban.  Hopefully, this study proposal will gain the wastewater industry’s support and come to fruition.

Dr. Pepper’s study highlighted the fact that PFAS is everywhere.  A laser focus (and that is what it feels like) on composts and biosolids will do little if the compounds are everywhere.  To bring home this point (as I have done in multiple research updates, such as last July’s on lipstick, for example) we turn to article #4 (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in paired dust and carpets from childcare centers).  This article shows that concentrations of PFAS in carpets and dust in childcare centers are about double or higher than in most biosolids and even more than that for food scrap composts.  I challenge you to find me a childcare center where kids aren’t crawling around on the carpets!  Here is a picture of our couch with a glimpse of the new carpet; we got the special dog resistant kind.  We decided the potential for accidents from our 90-pound girl outweighed the risks from whatever type of PFAS was used to make the carpet Sophie-proof.

We end with a diatribe from me on this topic, just published in Biocycle (“A dose of PFAS reality”).  Here I go into detail on the EPA report and whether it makes realistic recommendations.  Two of those recommendations, to restrict the use of composts and biosolids based on PFAS concentrations or to set limits on PFAS in these products, are likely to have no impact on human exposure.  The other recommendation, source control (a/k/a, stop making these chemicals and putting them into every product imaginable), is highly likely to have an impact.  In the article, I go through a typical home, with associated PFAS exposure routes and concentrations, to make that point clear.

I am tired of talking about PFAS. Likely you are tired of reading about PFAS.  I hope this article will help put the risk into perspective.  I can promise that next month’s library will be a big departure and a lot more fun.

 

SPOTLIGHT on COMPOST -  AUGUST 2021

Composting is an enduring process for transforming biosolids into a Class A EQ product. Compost facilities in the mid-Atlantic region span a full array of sizes, technologies, and ownership models.  The region has facilities located both at small water reclamation plants and at large treatment plants. It has windrow systems, enclosed static pile, and in-vessel agitated beds. Composting is done with various amendments -- purchased wood chips, yard debris, and organic matter recovered from solid waste. The region has various ownerships -- municipally-owned and operated composting, municipally-owned and contract-operated, and privately-owned merchant facilities. The common element to all of this variety is a product that is has a firm place in the landscape market for use in residential and commercial landscaping, as a component in soil blending, and as a specialty amendment for agriculture.  Biosolids compost is a well-tested and well-accepted soil product. What is more, at least two more biosolids composting facilities are in permitting within the region.  Below are several of the branded biosolids compost products made by MABA members

McGill SoilBuilder Premium Compost

McGillFor more than 30 years, McGill Environmental Systems has designed, built, and operated state-of-the-art indoor facilities for industrial-scale production of McGill SoilBuilder Premium Compost.   It manufactures this premium compost product through the processing and recycling of non-hazardous, biodegradable by-products and residuals from municipal, industrial, and agribusiness sources. The McGill Regional Composting Facility at Waverly (McGill-Waverly) opened in 2008.  It is in Sussex County, Virginia, near the town of Waverly.  Its primary service area includes the coastal mid-Atlantic region.  This encompasses the District of Columbia south through Richmond-Tidewater to northeastern North Carolina. McGill-Waverly accepts all types of biodegradable materials including food waste and compostable plastics.  It is designed to receive and process source-separated wastes transported in roll-off containers, tractor-trailer rigs, and other commercial vehicles that can safely tip into the receiving bunker. Located on a former timber tract, the operation processes in both banked and encapsulated bays with aerated curing.  Aerated curing eliminates the need for windrow turners at this facility.
 
For more information, contact Sean Fallon, Business Development Manager, [email protected], 919-406-4270. The Waverly facility is located at 5056 Beef Steak Rd, Waverly, VA 23890.

WeCare Compost

WeCareWeCare Denali, a division of Denali Water Technologies, operates 24 composting facilities around the United States, two of which are county-owned biosolids composting plants.  The Burlington Biosolids Composting Facility is a 300 ton per day capacity composting facility in Columbus, NJ, owned by Burlington County, but operated by WeCare Denali, serving about 20 agencies in the county and beyond.  It is the largest biosolids facility in New Jersey under contract operations. The Rockland Green Co-Composting Facility, owned by the Rockland County Solid Waste Authority, recycles biosolids from wastewater plants in Rockland County, NY. At both plants, biosolids are mixed with clean wood waste and then composted in in-vessel agitated bed composting systems. The finished product is used on golf courses, flower gardens, and landscaping projects, and are also ingredients in topsoil This plant is adjacent to the Authority's Materials Recovery Facility and Transfer Station in Hillburn, NY. WeCare Denali markets a suite of WeCare Compost products under its WeCare Compost, Mulch, & Soil line.
 

For more information, contact national sales manager, Ryan J. Cerrato, [email protected], 315-575-4595. The Burlington facility address is 800 Coc-co Lane, PO Box 318, Columbus, NJ 08022. The Rockland facility is 1988420 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn, NY 10931.

 ORGRO High Organic Compost

baltimoreORGRO is a product of the Baltimore City Compost Facility, a facility owned and operated by Veolia, under contract with the city of Baltimore Department of Public Works. This facility, which was first built in 1984, processes a 45 dry ton per day portion of the anaerobically digested biosolids from the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, the balance made into a thermally dried product. The compost plant produces about 35,000 cubic yards of compost in through in vessel composting and extended curing. This facility is one of the original national examples of a public-private partnership, and one of the original programs for commercial marketing of biosolids to commercial landscapers.
 
For more information, contact Tom Fantom, project manager, [email protected], 410-354-1636. The facility address is 5800 Quarantine Road, Baltimore, MD, 21266.

Landscaper’s Advantage

A&MLandscaper’s Advantage is the product of the A&M Compost Facility, a large enclosed static pile composting plant owned and operated in Manheim, Pennsylvania by the J.P. Mascaro company.  It is a merchant plant, accepting biosolids from a wide reach of plants in the mid-Atlantic. The facility is nearly 15 acres under roof.  Its website offers a “virtual tour” slide deck describing the components of its operation and its environmental controls, which includes under one cover both aerated composting and biofiltration.  A&M is managed by a registered professional engineer, Ryan Inch, PE, and a compost specialist, Mark Hubbard.  
 

For more information, contact Matt Mascaro, [email protected],  267-228-5288. The facility is located at 2022 Mountain Rd, Manheim, PA 17545.

 earthlife Compost

hawkridgeThe Hawk Ridge Composting Facility, New England’s largest compost facility, is owned and operated by Casella Organics, a MABA Board member  This facility uses an in-vessel tunnel system (the Gicom Tunnel) to compost a blend of biosolids with woodchips and sawdust, producing a screened compost with the tradename earthlIfe.  Recently, Hawk Ridge reached the distinction of delivering its one-millionth cubic yard of compost. Its wholesale customers include golf courses, nurseries, garden centers, and athletic facilities. 
 
For more information, contact John Leslie, [email protected], 207-461-1000. The facility is located at 3 Reynolds Road, Unity, ME 04988. 
 

Biosolids Restoration of Land and Hope

I facetiously say my morning doom scrolling is a search for hope and good news, when mostly it is about covid, politics and the debt ceiling. But one recent morning, the scrolling was not about these themes, but instead about mass extinction, specifically a report on the dual effect of rising temperatures and nutrient flows on toxic microbial blooms.  The article in my ScienceDaily feed (I highly recommend this for science nerds) was Animals Died in ‘Toxic Soup’ During Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction, a Warning for Today. The authors are quoted saying “The end-Permian is one of the best places to look for parallels with what’s happening now.”  A science article about a parallel between mass extinction and today’s climate is not likely one that yields hope and good news.

I have long been fascinated by the end-Cretaceous asteroid strike that killed off all dinosaurs except for some flying ones (Asteroid impact, not volcanism, caused the end-Cretaceous dinosaur extinction). But oddly this is a “sort-of” good news story, as the asteroid collision paved the way for mammals, and hence humans. The End-Permian was a far more horrible extinction event for life on Earth 252 million years ago. This event resulted in about 95% extinction of species. This international team of researchers of End-Permian “has identified a new cause of extinction during extreme warming events: toxic microbial blooms.” Good news is hard to find in that mass-extinction story.

I have been tracking toxic microbial blooms for several years, having noticed that federal and state governments were issuing the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast. That is when I learned about blue-green algae (not an alga, but instead a cyanobacteria) and that microcystin released by this class of harmful algae bloom (HAB) was potentially lethal to pets and people in contact with infested waters.  Biosolids became wrapped in this issue because phosphorus can ignite blooms (Mitigating harmful cyanobacterial blooms: strategies for control of nitrogen and phosphorus loads), farming practices allow phosphorus release (Lake Erie, phosphorus, and microcystin: Is it really the farmer's fault?), and biosolids is a super source of phosphorus for crops (Mineralization and mobilization of biosolids phosphorus in soil: A concise review  and  Classification and Assessment Models of First Year Biosolids Phosphorus Bioavailability).  We biosolids advocates do not want extinction of life on Earth to occur because biosolids-borne phosphorus ignites toxic algae blooms.

Thanks to the occasionally optimistic nature my doom scrolling, I believe I can now make the argument that biosolids will help save humanity from extinction, and the answer is in using biosolids for land restoration.

I have been following the flurry of document releases by the International Panel on Climate Change.  On 6 August 2021, the IPCC released the nearly 4,000 page Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, with its much more manageable 47 page Summary for Policy Makers.  More recently, on  17 September 2021, the UN Secretariat issued its report Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement Synthesis report.  This is a global survey of individual  national contributions to reducing GHG releases; The United States of America Nationally Determined Contribution was released April of this year. 

This “NDC” synthesis report was unsettling for its failure to show adequate contributions by nations to deal with the climate threats set forth in the Physical Science Basis. This failure was reported by the Washington Post article As climate pledges fall short, U.N. predicts globe could warm by catastrophic 2.7 degrees Celsius.   Independent NGOs also responded to the failure of the NDCs to show an adequate response to the urgent threat. One of these critical reports is from a European consultancy, RethinkX, with a report titled Rethinking Climate Change.

The critique of the NDCs underscored the role of carbon sequestration as a “contribution” for mitigating climate change. My attention jumped to the RethinkX call for ecological restoration as a key “rethink.” The World Wildlife Fund has a website, A New World is Coming, #NDCsWeWant, where it offers its report NDCs – A Force For Nature. The WWF introduces the concept of NbS, or Nature-based Solutions, in restoring degraded landscapes as a key strategy.  We biosolids managers could very well argue for a role of biosolids in both the WWF and the RethinkX solutions.  

I have been for long an advocate of biosolids use for restoring degraded landscapes.  Philadelphia embraced reclamation with biosolids in the earliest years of its recycling program, when ocean dispersal was ended in 1980 in response to national policy and international compact.  Back in 2003, I wrote a report Twenty-Five Years of Mine Reclamation with Biosolids in Pennsylvania.  I chronicled 4,000 acres of reclamation up to that time, and more than 10 years of biosolids application to mine lands continued after that date. Some thirty years ago, an extraordinary project was the hauling by rail of biosolids mixed with compost to a project in southwestern Virginia.  This is a large research site, the Powell River Project in Wise County, Virginia, directed for many years now by Dr. Lee Daniels.  In the mid-2000s, the Philadelphia Water Department contracted for the application of biosolids to completed anthracite mines in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and that project evolved into one using Deep Row Entrenchment (“DRE”) and installation of hybrid poplar plantations.  DRE is a technology that has been heavily researched by the University of Maryland, and its extension service has developed a publication on DRE available for download.   The leading researcher on this work , Dr. Jonathan Kays, has a three-session webinar in October 2021 discussing this technology for biosolids use: Deep Row Entrenchment of Biosolids Using Hybrid Poplar. The Philadelphia DRE project was documented in a 2007 WEF biosolids conference paper “Demonstrating Deep Row Placement of Biosolids in Coal Mine Reclamation.”  The mine reclamation projects in Pennsylvania have also evolved over time to show their larger economic and ecological value.  MABA member American Green, an affiliate of Reading Anthracite, undertakes Coal Mining & Land Reclamation  in eastern Pennsylvania, and one of its restored sites is a Pure Bred Angus and Goat Farm.

Land restoration would seem to be the brightest opportunity for biosolids recycling.  Yet, its adoption is limited in the mid-Atlantic.  Regulators seem to resist restoration technologies.  Our projects are large scale, unlike customary agricultural practices, and are not protected from public complaint by “right-to-farm” policies.  Application rates are high, giving rise to risks of pollutant or nutrient releases, real or imagined. The calculus of regulatory approval does not count the benefits of restoring watershed productivity, sequestering carbon, and mitigating acid drainage.

We need to build a new approach to gaining support for biosolids use in land restoration.  We need a new “narrative” that focuses on the results of biosolids use, not the biosolids itself. This point was driven home by John Lavery at the September 2021 Northwest Biosolids’ BioFest.  His presentation, “Visionary restoration narratives - tools that solve bigger problems than our own,” focused on the compelling “narrative” of three SYLVIS environmental’s land restoration projects: OK Ranch Rangeland Fertilization, City of Calgary Willow Biomass Crop, and Paintearth Mine Biomass Reclamation.  For each project, results valued by the property owner and the community are held out as the story line in the narrative.  Biosolids is just a tool.  Land improvement, habitat restoration and carbon sequestration are the messages, with an additional shout-out to the value of jobs and economy.

Lavery tells us we need to gain the understanding and support of the larger community, and that is where the NDCs come into play.  The two most desperate issues facing humanity today are ecological deterioration and climate change.  Our opportunity, our duty in fact, is to emphatically connect our biosolids work to the inspirational work already underway within these two environmental domains.  We can offer our own special, unique tools and experience to these large issues, and for that we need to align with others.

In the domain of ecological restoration, we could align with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.  This is the leading advocacy group for the principle of the circular economy.  This September the foundation offered a program, now available on YouTube, How the circular economy can help to tackle biodiversity loss.  Its publication The Nature Imperative  introduces “regenerative production,” in which the circular economy produces outcomes of “healthy and stable soils, improved local biodiversity, improved air and water quality, and higher levels of carbon sequestration.” To my ear, this sounds like SYLVIS environmental’s projects and Virginia Tech’s Powell River Project.

In the domain of climate change, we could align with Project Drawdown.  This project was organized around the work of sustainability guru Paul Hawken, described in his book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  One of the major categories of “drawdown” is Land Sinks: “Where ecosystems have been degraded, restoration can help them recuperate form and function, including absorbing and storing more carbon over time.” Two Land Sink project examples outlined on his website are Perennial Biomass Production (“offers a productive and carbon-sequestering use of degraded lands, farm borders, riparian edges, and other spaces”) and Tree Plantations on Degraded Land (“they can restore soil, sequester carbon, and produce wood resources in a more sustainable way”).  This organization has spawned Drawdown Labs, a consortium of “visionary” partners that, in Climate Solutions at Work, proclaims “…in this most all-encompassing challenge in human history, every job must be a climate job.”  Why cannot all the stakeholders in our biosolids professional community be partners in this concept that our jobs are “climate jobs?” By this definition, John Lavery and Lee Daniels have “climate jobs,” and so do I.

Joining our work with the work of thousands of other people committed to land and climate issues could transform the “narrative” of biosolids, which is too often negative, to one of hope and health.  It is our job to make that connection.  A survey released in September (Young people’s voices on climate anxiety, government betrayal and moral injury: a global phenomenon) found “over half of those surveyed said they thought humanity was doomed.”  We need to hold out to children, college students and young professionals our narratives that speak to tangible actions, actions of the kind we deploy with land reclamation.  Our narratives can convey a vision of restored lands and carbon sinks that counterbalances the abyss that our young people otherwise see in the deterioration of climate and ecological systems. The survey authors asserted “nations must respond to protect the mental health of children and young people by engaging in ethical, collective, policy-based action against climate change.”  We in the biosolids business are poised perfectly to be part of that protective governmental response.  But to do so, we need to re-imagine ourselves with “climate jobs” in “regenerative production.”  Biosolids restores land, which is darn good, but what is more awesome is that biosolids restores health and hope.

 

MABA Event Presentations

2021 Webinar - March 2021 on Enhanced Digestion

2021 Webinar - May 18 2021 on Solids Treatment

2020 November Phosphorus 101 Webinar

2020 Summer Webinar Series

2019 Summer Symposium

2018 Annual Meeting & Symposium

2018 Summer Symposium

2017 Annual Meeting & Symposium

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2017 NJWEA Workshop

2016 Annual Meeting & Symposium

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2016 NJWEA Workshop