Getting the Scoop on Biosolids
Posted May 10, 2010
By Rhonda Bowen, Recycling Manager for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to WEF’s upcoming Residuals and Biosolids 2010 specialty conference in Savannah, Ga. from May 23-26. The May 23 pre-conference workshop on "Assessing and Communicating Risks for Land-Applied Biosolids" is particularly interesting. As one involved in the field of biosolids program management for many years, I’ve always depended on good communications based on sound science to provide answers for our local communities--and this workshop seems right on target. It’s just one of many exciting sessions that will take place during the conference.
Speaking of biosolids communications, I think the biosolids resource center at http://www.wef.org/biosolidscommresources is excellent. It has great information that is constantly updated and readily available for use in communications with city officials and the public in general. Just one click gets you to very useful and factual information like the new WEF Land Application & Composting Fact Sheet. I’d encourage others involved in biosolids education to create a link directly to it. This document answers common questions based on the latest state-of-the-art science. If you have ideas for fact sheets on other topics to help answer biosolids questions from the public or even other wastewater professionals, please comment below. Better yet, if you’re attending the Residuals and Biosolids Conference please come to the Residuals and Biosolids Outreach and Education subcommittee meeting Monday, May 24th from 4-5:30. I’d love for you to get involved!
Like anyone else who cares about a clean water environment, I want to produce a safe, high-quality product that is accepted or even valued by the community. That means communications supported by the latest technical information. They’ll be getting down to business in Savannah, hope to see you there!