Report on the Sustainable Biosolids Technologies Workshop

Virginia Beach, VA (August 6, 2012) – Determining best management options for biosolids is both time-consuming and expensive. The development of innovative technologies and processes to manage this valuable byproduct of the water recycling process is occurring at a rapid pace. To provide some additional perspective and information on current research and the development and […]

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No rocking chair for Franklin farmer

“Farming’s in my blood,” says Buddy Campbell, who at age 79 still manages a herd of about 100 Angus brood cows and 90 calves on his 600-acre farm in Franklin County. “It’s just a hobby now,” says Campbell, who retired years ago as a pipefitter at the DuPont plant in Martinsville. While he admits that […]

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Hard work builds a model farm in Augusta

For motorists speeding along I-81 through Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the pastoral panorama of rolling hills, distant mountains, fields and grazing cattle could certainly create a longing for a simpler, more peaceful lifestyle. But for city folk who think farming would be a good way to slow down and “smell the roses,” well, you might want […]

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Charlottesville Chamber supports biosolids

The Chamber also resolved that “as scientific evidence is confirmed by appropriate federal and state environmental and health agencies, applicable regulatory review and adjustments should be established.” The Chamber support comes in the form of Chamber Resolution 11-1: Regulated Use of Bio-solids Agricultural Fertilizers, approved by the Chamber Board of Directors at its regular monthly […]

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Biosolids help preserve historic farmland.

When David Black drives to work he travels on a driveway that’s been in use since around 1730, when Westover Plantation in Charles City County was built.  In addition to Westover, the Blacks farm nearby Berkeley Plantation as well as their family farm, which is also located in Charles City County.  Taken together, that’s more […]

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Study Shows Biosolids Safe for Agriculture

A report from a University of Arizona research group says biosolids, properly treated, pose little if any health risk to the public. ( Click here to download a PDF copy of the study.) Ian L. Pepper, director of the NSF Water and Environmental Technology Center and a professor of soil, water and environmental science, or […]

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Cumberland dairy operation grows while others disappear.

Joe Hazlegrove, Jr. says his ancestors were poor farmers who came from England over 200 years ago. “And we’re still poor farmers,” he jokes. While his “poor” description of his 2,200-acre Forkland Farms dairy operation in Cumberland County is clearly an example of his modesty, the reality for most dairy farmers in the U.S. has […]

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Biosolids Council Receives Environmental Award

NACWA commended the Council on its “clear commitment to clean water and a safe, sustainable environment,” and said that as a result of the Council’s efforts, its members “have seen greater acceptance of biosolids land application and recycling throughout the state of Virginia.” NACWA represents the nation’s publicly owned wastewater management agencies in the development and implementation of […]

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Biosolids Council adopts practice code

According to Scott Smedley, president of the Council, the Code is supported by all of the organization’s members, which generate, land apply and compost the majority of biosolids used in Virginia. Smedley said the guidelines “seek to capture current best practices by biosolids generators, land application companies and compost manufacturers and encourage them to go […]

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