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July 15, 2011

NBP News

 

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Catherine Gerali Selected as New NBP Steering Committee Chair

Cathy Geerali

Catherine (Cathy) Gerali, District Manager for the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, CO, the largest wastewater treatment provider in the Rocky Mountain West, was appointed by WEF President Jeannette Brown to serve as the new NBP Steering Committee chair, effective July 1. Cathy replaces Dick Lanyon who recently retired from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation of Greater Chicago. A veteran of the Metro District since 1982, Ms. Gerali has been responsible for the District’s long-term capital planning and financing since the early 1990s.  As the strategic planning and internal control officer, Ms. Gerali gained 25 years of experience with the District’s rate setting programs, including annual charges and connection fees. With her promotion to Deputy Manager in 2005, Ms. Gerali was a driving force in the proactive approach the Metro District is using to build and finance its extensive capital improvements program, which is projected to incur costs of $1.3 billion over the next ten years. 

In January 2008, Ms. Gerali was unanimously selected by the 67-member Board of Directors to be the Metro District’s first woman District Manager.  Since this decision, the District has marked several historic milestones, including adding two new Member Municipalities, which has not occurred since the early 1970s. Ms. Gerali holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1981 with a BS in Business and Public Administration.  She is an active member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Water Environment Federation, currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Water Environment Research Foundation Board of Directors, serves on the Board of the Clean Water America Alliance, and has been a frequent presenter at industry conferences including NACWA, WEFTEC, and the Construction Management Association of America.

NBP-WERF No Charge Webcast: Innovative Residuals and Biosolids Management Options from Terminal Island in Los Angeles 

This no charge webcast, hosted by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), provides timely information and results from the Terminal Island Renewable Energy (TIRE) program at the City of Los Angeles, CA.  With more than 3 years of work, funding and support from various sources including the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles, this program demonstrates an innovative method of biosolids management that provides both short and long term benefits.  These range from the enhanced treatment, sterilization, and management of biosolids; a smaller carbon footprint that reduces greenhouse gas emissions to the environment and, and provides a potential source of clean renewable energy. The City of Los Angeles biosolids environmental management system has been certified by the NBP. The webcast will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time. ON-LINE REGISTRATION More Information on WEF Conferences Web Page

WEF Issues RFP: Preparation of Baseline of the Current and Potential Use of Biogas from Anaerobic Digestion at Wastewater Treatment Plants

WEF is seeking technical assistance to help with the development of a baseline of current and potential use of biogas at U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Through the RFP, WEF is seeking to assess the current and potential use of biogas from WWTPs for energy production and identify opportunities to support expanded biogas use through WEF’s core focus areas. The final report will provide supporting information to help improve the development of programs, technology, and policy to encourage biogas production from anaerobic digestion. Interested parties may submit a proposal that includes a description of the proposed technical approach, qualifications and experience, as well as a detailed cost proposal. Click here to download the complete RFP. The submission deadline for the request for proposals (RFP) is 5:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Questions may be directed to Barry Liner, Director of WEF’s Water Science & Engineering Center at bliner@wef.org

New England Organics Maintains NBP EMS Certification

The New England Organics Hawk Ridge Composting Facility, located in Portland & Unity, Maine successfully maintained its NBP environmental management system certification through an interim audit concluded by DEKRA Certification, Inc. on April 28, 2011. The audit determined that: New England Organics biosolids management system is generating positive outcomes and functioning as intended, with five minor exceptions, no major nonconformances and five minor nonconformances were found with respect to the audit criteria, approved corrective action plans are in place to address the nonconformances, and all nonconformances from prior third party audits have been effectively corrected. Based on results of this audit, DEKRA continues its Verification that the New England Organics biosolids management system meets the expectations and requirements of the NBP EMS Elements. We recommend continuing certification within NBP’s Biosolids Management (EMS) Program. 2011 Interim Audit Report

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Around the Nation

 

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WLSSD Biosolids Program Spreads to Douglas County, WI Fields 

The July 10 Duluth, MN News Tribune reported that Field Green fertilizer from Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Duluth, MN is crossing the state line to be spread on Wisconsin farm fields. It’s part of an effort by WLSSD to expand its service area for Field Green. WLSSD staff worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, county extension and township officials to open up the Wisconsin market. And, while each individual field must be approved by the DNR, Wisconsin has approved the overall WLSSD system as safe. That’s opened up potentially dozens of new farms for Field Green. Full Story

Appleton, WI Compost Site Seen as Money-Saver

The July 4 Appleton, WI Post Crescent reported that two years ago, city leaders were exploring whether a compost site was what Appleton needed to keep taxpayers from bearing the cost to build a $1 million sludge storage facility. Crews last summer set up a site at Outagamie County landfill near Little Chute for composting a mix of sludge, wood chips, leaves and grass clippings. The cost of the clay pad was about $88,000. It sits on 4.5 acres. The goal was to prove the material pile could be converted into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that in the long run saves tax dollars. Since the city and county's partnership, no one has been talking about the need to build extra storage for the sludge treated at the wastewater treatment plant. City officials have said about 3,000 tons, or 6 million of the 40 million pounds of biosolids produced annually at the wastewater treatment plant, would be used to create the compost.  Full Story

Orange County Sanitation District 2010 Annual Biosolids Brochure -Quality Counts

The Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, CA is pleased to introduce a brochure that takes a virtual tour with their Biosolids Team to see what it takes to make premium biosolids.  Each step of the way, the team show their passion and pride to protect the environment. OCSD is especially pleased to offer this information in English and Spanish.  These brochures are distributed to their entire value chain including biosolids contractors' facilities and drivers.

Halifax, Nova Scotia Completes $300-Million Wastewater Expansion

The July 8 Halifax, Nova Scotia Daily Commercial News reported on the completion of a $300-million-plus project built in stage since 2003 that includes three advanced primary wastewater treatment facilities and a new biosolids processing facility and associated sewage treatment plant is located near the Stanfield International Airport in Halifax. The three treatment plants cost $137 million. The collection system, including underground piping infrastructure, through Halifax cost $112 million. $12.5 million went for the biosolids processing facility. Full Story

DC Water Discusses Biosolids Issues in VA During Radio Interview

Chris Peot, Biosolids Manager for DC Water, held a recent radio interview to discuss its biosolids management practices in several Virginia counties. Charlettesville, VA Interview is halfway down the following Link  (see Chris Peot WINA biosolids discussion – mp3)

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Conferences

 

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NBMA 2011 Biosolids Conference

The Northwest Biosolids Management Association (NBMA) will hold its 24th Annual Biosolids Management Conference at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA on September 11-13. Early registration fee of $415 includes all conference materials, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and the conference banquet.  Registration will open June 30. Continuing education units will also be available. You can reserve your hotel room now ($134 - $176 per night) by calling 1-800-221-7117 - request the "biosolids" room rate. Do you have a biosolids project to share? Reserve your poster space by sending your poster title, authors, short description and contact information to Dana Devin-Clarke, ddlarke@brwncald.com by July 29, 2011.

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Training

 

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NBP-WERF Webcast: Innovative Residuals and Biosolids Management Options from Terminal Island in Los Angeles

This no charge webcast, hosted by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), provides timely information and results from the Terminal Island Renewable Energy (TIRE) program at the City of Los Angeles, CA.  With more than 3 years of work, funding and support from various sources including the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles, this program demonstrates an innovative method of biosolids management that provides both short and long term benefits.  These range from the enhanced treatment, sterilization, and management of biosolids; a smaller carbon footprint that reduces greenhouse gas emissions to the environment and, and provides a potential source of clean renewable energy. The City of Los Angeles biosolids environmental management system has been certified by the NBP. The webcast will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time. ON-LINE REGISTRATION More Information on WEF Conferences Web Page

MABA Sustainable Biosolids Technology Symposium

The Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA) is sponsoring the Sustainable Biosolids Technology Symposium, August 10 and 11, at Wesley College, in Dover, Delaware. The symposium will feature national experts on biosolids stabilization (anaerobic and aerobic digestion and lime stabilization approaches), pathogen reduction, dewatering and drying, enhanced product preparation, and land application. Technology companies will be explaining their latest equipment and processes, and ample time is scheduled for networking among agencies, technologists and consulting engineers. A field trip is scheduled for the afternoon of Day 2. Kershner Environmental Technologies has invited attendees to visit the newly- installed Parkson Solar Dryer at the Kent County wastewater treatment plant.

WEF Stormwater Utility Seminar in Chicago, IL  

WEF is hosting a one-day seminar on August 2 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The seminar will focus on various aspects of stormwater utility management.  The need for funding across the water sector continues to be a challenging topic, and while water/wastewater utilities have a long track record of well-grounded funding systems, the topic of user-based fee structures to pay for stormwater collection and management is a developing and dynamic field. Draft Agenda as of 6/1/11 To support this growing and evolving need, specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Regulatory updates on stormwater (from U.S. EPA)
  • Technical aspects of fee development
  • Public outreach in stormwater utility feasibility analyses
  • Planning considerations for fee-based structures
  • Legal trends on stormwater utilities across the country
  • Legislative updates on stormwater utilities at the state level 

 

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