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Northwest Biosolids 2020-21 Research Round-up

Nov 03, 2021
We know that research is one of the things our members most want Northwest Biosolids to prioritize! This round-up for 2020-21 gathers the past year’s infamous Resource Libraries in one place,…
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Can biosolids give a boost to cover crops in dryland, integrated grazing-crop systems?

Sep 23, 2021
In 1994, Craig Cogger and Andy Bary established a long-term biosolids trial in central Washington that, with support from NW Biosolids and King County, is still on-going and has allowed us to …
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Right Now Rain

Aug 30, 2021
Right now, rain is something that we are all (almost all anyway) wishing for.  Rain ends the fires and brings on the chanterelles.  If this year is anything close to normal though, by sometime in…
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Silver from biosolids accumulates in soil, but overall silver concentrations remain low even after long-term biosolids application – Silver analyses may be used to quantify microplastics in soil

Aug 03, 2021
In 2017, we initiated a multi-year study to examine the accumulation of metal nanoparticles and microplastics from biosolids in agricultural soils. Our study is expected to continue through 2023.…
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Dear Dr. Biosolids

Jun 24, 2021
We have a new feature in our eNews: “Dear Dr. Biosolids” Dr. Biosolids is here to answer all your questions about biosolids research! Canoodling over contaminants of emerging concern? Asking about…
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A meta-analysis on grassland reclamation using biosolids reveals improved vegetative cover and productivity, but room for improvement to increase plant biodiversity

May 27, 2021
1Natural Resource Sciences, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada 2Département des Sciences Fondamentales, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC, Canada Research on…
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Impacts of Biosolids on Soil Health: Updates from the Soil Health Institute’s project

Apr 20, 2021
The Long-Term Dryland Biosolids Research site in Douglas County, WA (a.k.a. GP-17) has been an extremely valuable experiment over the last 27 years to study the effects of biosolids land applications…
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It Takes a Family

Mar 25, 2021
We’ve been studying the potential connections between use of amendments and soil health for a few years.  That study has a second component; the relationship between soil health and the plants that…
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PFAS in Biosolids: A Southern Arizona Case Study

Feb 23, 2021
Rationale for Study PFAS are fluorinated compounds that comprise a family of anthropogenic chemicals used for decades to make products resistant to heat, oil stains, grease, and water. Of these,…
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Biosolids Forestry & Carbon

Jan 07, 2021
By Sally Brown, University of Washington Forest application of biosolids has been a signature beneficial end use in the Pacific Northwest.  The Northwest has also been a leader in quantifying the…