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!

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Posted May 10, 2010

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.

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Posted by: Term Life Insurance (krock@pigblimp.com) on 12/28/2010

Yes, I did not really know anything about Biosolids. It is especially interesting for me that Biosolids are the nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of domestic waste at a wastewater treatment facility. Through biosolids management, solid residue from wastewater treatment is processed to reduce or eliminate pathogens and minimize odors, forming a safe, beneficial agricultural product. Besides, I find it surprising that Biosolids are carefully monitored and must be used in accordance with regulatory requirements. I will have to find more about these requirements.

Posted by: Bytesland (crystal.shine.ua@gmail.com) on 04/18/2011

Thank you and good luck.

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Getting the Scoop on Biosolids

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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!

Posted by Julie Fuller at 05/10/2010 12:28:00 PM | 


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Yes, I did not really know anything about Biosolids. It is especially interesting for me that Biosolids are the nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of domestic waste at a wastewater treatment facility. Through biosolids management, solid residue from wastewater treatment is processed to reduce or eliminate pathogens and minimize odors, forming a safe, beneficial agricultural product. Besides, I find it surprising that Biosolids are carefully monitored and must be used in accordance with regulatory requirements. I will have to find more about these requirements.
Posted by: Bytesland ( Email | Visit ) at 4/18/2011 6:31 AM


Thank you and good luck.
Posted by: Cari Barbie ( Email | Visit ) at 9/28/2011 7:29 AM


I feel really happy and grateful for providing me with such priceless sound track. All are good here simply best. I want such article again and again.
Posted by: Peanut Machine ( Email | Visit ) at 10/21/2011 3:47 AM


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Rhonda L. Bowen, Recycling Manager for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) 

Since 1985 Rhonda L. Bowen has served as the Recycling Manager for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), the wastewater treatment agency for southeast Virginia. In this capacity, she oversees HRSD’s biosolids recycling programs that include Nutri-Green® Compost, biosolids land application and ash recycling. To promote biosolids recycling and the use of compost, she co-hosts the local Green Tips radio and television shows for garden enthusiasts.

Ms. Bowen has served as a national biosolids spokesperson for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Virginia Association of Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). She is also the past president of the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association. She served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Biosolids Technical Bulletin from 2000-2004. She is currently Chair of WEF’s Biosolids Outreach and Education sub-committee. She has just been reappointed President of the Virginia Biosolids Council. She has authored and presented numerous papers on biosolids recycling nationally.

Ms. Bowen graduated with a B.S. degree in agriculture from Ohio State University in 1983 and obtained a Masters degree in Communication from Regent University in December 2005. She has taught turf management and soil science as an adjunct instructor at Tidewater Community College and is currently teaching public speaking and oral communication classes.


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