College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

Biosolids Management/Utilization

Human waste by products, euphemistically referred to asbiosolids, are generated at tremendous rates in the Baltimore-Washington Metro area. Much of this resource is currently land applied to agricultural land. Additional biosolids are trucked outof state. As the WQIA of 1998 takes effect, the land base may not be available for land application. Alternative uses for this resource are preferable to landfilling. Towards this goal, three MCE researchers have developed a project to assess the growth, survival, and long-term sustainability of hybrid poplar; water quality considerations associated with deep row biosolid application; and the profitability of this technology. Field days for agency and MCE personnel have been heldand fact sheets are available. A masters thesis has been published andpapers are forthcoming.

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