NYWEA Award: 1. Beneficial Use of Biosolids Award

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Application Deadline: October 1


Recognizes significant contributions in the development and implementation of cost-effective, environmentally safe, and publicly acceptable biosolids beneficial use practices which recycle nutrients, improve soil conditions, or otherwise conserve valuable natural resources.


For operating projects, the two categories are: 1. <5 mgd 2. >5 mgd Categories will be based upon the actual average daily flows and not the design capacity. If the facility only processes biosolids, the two categories are: 1. <5 dry tons per day (DTPD) 2. >5 DTPD 1. Significant recycling/reuse of natural resources (i.e., nutrients, organic matter, and energy). 2. Sustained (several years), full-scale, proven operation. 3. Consistent, cost-effective operation. 4. Public acceptance. 5. Compliant with applicable federal, state, and local regulations. 6. Excellence in project management. For Technology Innovation or Development Activities: 1. Sustained excellence in advancing our knowledge of technologies that recycle biosolids. For example, improved design criteria or operational practice. 2. Application – technology that has potential for use at other facilities. 3. Proven operation. 4. Resolution of previous biosolids management or utilization problems. For Research Activities: 1. Greater public acceptability of biosolids use. 2. Improved understanding of the environmental effects associated with beneficial use of biosolids. 3. Substantial contribution toward the development of improved technological design and operation. 4. Key information generated for the development of improved wastewater solids regulations and guidance. For public acceptance, the two categories are: 1. Municipalities 2. Others 1. Demonstrated increases in both public acceptance and public demand (meeting WEF Biosolids 2000 goal). The term “public” is meant to include regulatory agencies, agricultural organizations, water quality professionals, public health officials, environmentalists, academic institutions, and the news media, as well as the general public. Indicators of “demand” include such factors as waiting lists and users paying for biosolids. 2. Characterized by dedicated and successful individual and team efforts. 3. Demonstrated willingness to share information and approaches for gaining public acceptance. 4. Proactive successful approaches to coordinate with the press and other groups explaining the benefits of biosolids use, cultivating and gaining allies, and educating against unfounded stories that may arise. 5. Excellence in local information transfer and training efforts that have made a positive local difference (i.e., on-site demonstrations and collaborative efforts involving the involvement of municipalities, citizens, universities, and others).

Nomination Format:

The information contained in the nomination package should be developed using the format described in this section. The completeness of information provided and the manner in which the nomination addresses the Evaluation Criteria will impact the evaluation. Two (2) copies of the nomination package must be submitted. 1. Identifying Information: Name, address, affiliation, telephone number, and the contact for the project or activity. 2. Executive Summary (2 pages maximum): Describe the project or activity indicating the award category for which the nomination is proposed and how it meets the evaluation criteria. 3. Facility/Activity Information (4 to 5 pages): Provide the following information to: a. Biosolids type, quantity, expressed as dry solids used per day, characteristics, nutrient and micronutrient concentrations compared with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Part 360 Regulations and USEPA Part 503 Table 3 limits, processing information, and other details relevant to the beneficial use practice or activity. Be specific regarding the unit processes, including biosolids production and processing details. Account for the types and amounts of biosolids going to each management practice. b. Duration and size of the project or activity, ability to operate at design capacity, along with cost information. c. Describe the project monitoring program and how it is used for compliance, public information, and performance evaluation. d. Describe the contributions of any cooperating parties to the program. e. Provide sufficient information so that the program can be evaluated for compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations. f. Describe important project management activities that maintain and promote excellence and maximize the benefits of biosolids use. g. Describe training that has improved operations, performance, and public acceptance. h. Describe the effectiveness of the local pretreatment program that has resulted in better quality and easier use of biosolids. i. Describe special innovative practices or activities. j. Discuss how obstacles have been overcome as a result of the program. k. Provide information regarding the enhanced benefits that have resulted from the program. Benefits include: lower costs for biosolids management, lower energy consumption, payments for biosolids by users, enhanced soil properties, better crop productivity and quality, enhanced plant disease resistance, and improved public acceptance and demand for biosolids products. 4. Attachments: a. Supporting materials may be attached. The attachment should include a short cover index page that lists the various supporting materials and gives about a 4- to 6-line description of each item. b. Photographs of the activity are strongly encouraged. Please provide the actual photographic prints rather than photocopies of prints, since only the prints are suitable for printing in publications. c. Sheer bulk of information is not desirable. Be concise and attach items that truly substantiate the importance and relevance of the beneficial use project or activity. Please do not sent materials that you wish to have sent back because application materials are not returned.