Most leaders in the biosolids arena took a circuitous path to get to where they are today. Not Andy Bary! While Andy was in graduate school studying agronomy, he worked as a research assistant at the Washington State University extension, and he found it challenging and rewarding. He says the job he has now is the only job he’s ever had in the biosolids field. Given the passion and expertise he brings to his work every day, it’s obvious he lucked out when he landed that first biosolids job.
“I had a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science but no real tools for solving environmental problems.” Sound familiar? There are a few folks who woke up one day and knew they wanted to study biosolids, work with biosolids, and promote beneficial use. Maybe they were inspired by one of you. But most of us happened upon biosolids. We thought to ourselves, “eh…don’t know what this is really but it sounds environmental” or “this is sort of what I studied”. What hooked many of us, Steve included, was that biosolids are a real, practical tool to solve environmental problems.
By Dan Sullivan, Oregon State University
Last spring, the BC Ministry of Environment announced a review of the BC Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) to ensure it remains protective of human health and the environment. An OMRR Policy Intentions Paper followed in the fall, with the Ministry inviting comments on the intentions, as part of the stakeholder consultation process.