The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) will be hosting a free webcast - Carbon Footprint Implications from Biosolids Management Practices – on Wednesday, January 27 from 2-4 pm EST. The webcast will bring together wastewater utilities and regulators who will explore the regulatory environment, implications of land application of biosolids for reducing carbon footprint and costs, green aspects of biosolids processing and use, and a case study of how a utility’s biosolids program got green.
Join NBP for the first of four free quarterly webcasts based on critical biosolids technical topics.
California Wastewater Climate Change Group has been tracking the evolution of Guidelines for addressing GHG emissions under CEQA as they are being adopted by air districts around the state. In the Bay Area, the group submitted comments and public testimony requesting that biogenic emissions not be counted toward the threshold in determining whether a project’s GHG emissions are significant under CEQA. BAAQMD responded with revised guidelines, which include the following language:
Biogenic emissions should not be included in the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions for a project. Biogenic emissions are defined as carbon dioxide emissions resulting from materials that are derived from living cells, excluding fossil fuels, limestone and other materials that have been transformed by geological processes. Biogenic carbon dioxide originates from carbon (released in the form of emissions) that is present in materials that include, but are not limited to, wood, paper, vegetable oils, animal fat, and food, animal and yard waste.
Therefore, the indirect emissions from wastewater treatment include only the GHGs associated with the electricity use in wastewater treatment. This language sets precedent for other air districts still evaluating how they will address GHGs under CEQA.
The entire segment by reporter Lesley Stahl is embedded below. Some highlights:
We have been in crisis for some time now. We are now 38 million people and not the 16 million in late 1960 and it developed into a battle between environmentalists and farmers, north and south, and rural and urban people. And everyone has been fighting these last four decades over water.
Jeffery Mount, Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis:
If there’s one take away message from this crisis it’s this – the future for California is dealing with scarcity. We have to adapt to living with chronic scarcity.
The Northern Sacramento Valley Section Award Banquet is scheduled for January 23, 2010 at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning. Details and registration forms will be coming out soon. Check out pictures from last year’s banquet here. You can also check out some photos of our training meetings here.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about nominations for the 2010 WEF Annual Awards, as deadlines are March 1st and April 1st. If you know someone who has made a positive contribution to the water environment, do not let their efforts go unnoticed – submit your nomination to the WEF Awards Department! With over twenty Annual Awards, it is possible for distinguished leaders within the water environment to receive the recognition that they deserve.