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BEST-L April 2013

Subject:

Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

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Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:03:06 -0400

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Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms.
All Things Considered, NPR, April 10, 2013.

Listen to the story at:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/04/10/176822392/cities-turn-sewage-into-black-gold-for-local-farms

"On a normal day, Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million
gallons of raw sewage. This sewage used to be a nuisance, but Kansas
City, and a lot of municipalities around the country, are now turning it
into a resource for city farmers hard up for fertilizer.

After the sewage has been processed at a treatment plant, it's piped out
to Birmingham Farm on the north side of the Missouri River.

The city runs much of the heavier goop through a process called
anaerobic digestion, which heats the sewage to kill pathogens. When the
processed sludge, or "biosolids," arrives at the farm, thick jets of it
arc out 30 to 40 feet from giant moving spreaders.

The sludge is packed with nutrients good for the corn and soybeans grown
here that generate almost half a million dollars in profits for the city
each year. Walters figures the free fertilizer is worth about $175,000 a
year, in last year's prices. But it's in short supply.

The sludge is packed with nutrients good for the corn and soybeans grown
here that generate almost half a million dollars in profits for the city
each year. Walters figures the free fertilizer is worth about $175,000 a
year, in last year's prices. But it's in short supply.

The city's two digesters run all the time, but they still can't keep up
with Birmingham's demand, let alone the city's supply of waste. Still,
more than half the biosolids are put to use, which makes Kansas City
just about average for the U.S., according to Ned Beecher, who directs
the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association.

Beecher says cities from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles now sell or
use most of their human waste. Much of it ends up as fertilizer for hay,
corn, soybean, wheat or grape crops.

But even with all the well-established, beneficial and even lucrative
ways to dispose of solid waste, a lot of it still ends up in landfills
or being processed at big, industrial incinerators.

Shaun O'Kelley runs an incineration facility in Kansas City that burns
human waste down to a fine ash, using lots of natural gas, electricity
and manpower to do it. The incinerator no longer runs all the time, but
O'Kelley is  about to fire it up again because for now, burning some
human waste is  cheaper than recycling it.

"Land application has its challenges," says O'Kelley. You need land,
patience to deal with regulations and capital, he says.

And, there's the smell; residents aren't always pleased to have an
expanding biosolids-application program in their backyard.

So, the drive to make good use of human waste has been largely stalled
for years, and despite a steady stream of innovations, almost half of it
is still wasted."


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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
P.O. Box 110960                         E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
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