Andy Bary, Washington State University

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bary, andy field By Sally Brown, University of Washington

Can you give a brief description of your path to biosolids?
I was working at WSU Prosser doing research on wine and juice grapes. The position with Craig came open and I applied. I had been familiar with wastewater treatment as I had a friend that was working at a wastewater treatment plant.  I felt I could make more impact on society by working with biosolids.

Was your intention to work with organics?
I worked on a dairy as a college student, so I was familiar with the organics side of dairy production.

Was Craig the first person you worked with at WSU?  
I received my master’s from WSU and worked at the Prosser experiment station before working for Craig

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Andy Bary and Craig Cogger, Washington State University conducting field research

How did that relationship evolve?
When Dan Sullivan left for a job in Oregon State University responsibilities were reassigned and I took on some of Dan’s responsibilities.  Craig recognized that I could handle a different mix in work responsibilities.

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Dan Sullivan, retired Oregon State University with Craig Cogger and Andy Bary, retired Washington State University

Do you remember what the first biosolids you ever worked with was like?
It was probably Tacoma cake early tagro products and Tacoma liquid product and it was just another manure product that needed to find a good home.

What was WSU like back in the day?  Dan Sullivan, Craig Cogger, Steve Fransen to name a few. Those were the days we all worked very collaboratively with a common goal.  

How did GP 17 (Boulder Park Inc.) get started?
In the early 90’s we were having research sites all over the state so farmers could become familiar with the product.  GP-17 was one of these research plots and there was a big application program in Douglas county by King County.  From a soil scientist standpoint, it was a well-mannered site and King County and Northwest biosolids were willing to continue funding that site. Over the years it was a great site as there are many other researchers have had interest in using that site for other research. 

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Andy Bary teaching at the Compost Facility Operator Training hosted by the WA Organics Recycling Council (WORC)

What work would you still like to see done?
Research that supports beneficial use of biosolids across the country and becomes a desired product for crop production.

Memorable research story- please share one
Getting to see most of Washington state while conducting biosolids research.  I’ve had > than 30 biosolids research and demonstration sites in my career.