WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2012

Look for Diane Garvey at WEF’s 26th Annual Residuals and Biosolids Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from March 25 to 28.  In particular, Diane will be attending Workshop C on Sunday, March 25th.  This workshop is entitled, “Why Develop a Nutrient Management Plan – Emerging Issues in Nutrient Management Programs for Class A and Class B Biosolids.”  Garvey Resources feels that this is an important topic because the US Natural Resource Conservation Service is proposing new regulations that would include a nationwide Phosphorus Index.  It is our opinion that, if the new regulations are more stringent than the existing P Index currently implemented on a state level, it could render biosolids land application unfeasible in certain areas.  For example, if phosphorus loading was limited to plant uptake rates in special protection watersheds, such as the Chesapeake Bay, the biosolids loading rate would be so low that more acreage would be needed to apply the same amount of biosolids, most likely increasing hauling distances and, therefore, costs.  There would also be a challenge with the spreading equipment – how low can one calibrate a manure spreader?  These, and other considerations are important when developing a long term plan for biosolids management.

Diane will also be moderating Session 10 of the WEF Conference on Tuesday, March 27th, entitled, “Sustainability, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Issues.”

Nutrient Management Planning is only one of the services offered to our clients by Garvey Resources.  Therefore, we strive to stay abreast of trends, proposed regulations, and best management practices in the biosolids sector.

You can reach Diane at the conference by cell or text at 215-872-8701, or by email at diane@garveyresources.com.

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About Diane Garvey

Diane Garvey has over 20 years experience as an environmental engineer in the areas of wastewater engineering services and biosolids management. She is proficient in environmental planning, processing, quality control, permitting, marketing, public relations, and recycling. In addition to helping Water Quality Managers comply with State and Federal regulations, Garvey Resources, Inc. offers an array of services including biosolids management planning, permitting assistance, and public outreach and environmental education programs. We are also certified in nutrient and odor management planning.
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