Understanding & advancing the recycling
of biosolids & other residuals as fertilizers,
soil amendments, & for energy.
Look at the leadership NEBRA provides!
- The source for the most critical biosolids information:
- In the 2011 National Biosolids Partnership's Charting the Future of Biosolids Management, NEBRA work is repeatedly cited - more than any other.
- NEBRA led the 2004 WERF study on public perceptions of biosolids and the 2007 National Biosolids Regulation, Quality, End Use and Disposal Survey. (See NEBRA Products for information and downloads.)
- NEBRA created the summary chapter and helped the United Nations and GMSC produce the Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater Sludge, and Biosolids Management.
- NEBRAMail, our email newsletter, is recognized widely for not just conveying the news, but for distilling and interpreting it.
- NEBRA Information Updates and news address the most current critical issues: microconstituents, pathogens, EPA sewage sludge incinerator regulations, legal issues, and public concerns (including responses to the two negative films about biosolids).
- Facilitating communications and cooperation:
- NEBRA teams with diverse stakeholders, from farmers to concerned citizens and scientists, to regulators and the regulated community. We'll work with anyone who shares our laser-sharp focus on the highest quality standards and rigorous science.
- NEBRA coordinates with other regional organizations in the field of wastewater treatment and biosolids/residuals recycling, including the New England Water Environment Association and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. NEBRA is an active and effective participant in the National Biosolids Partnership.
- NEBRA started and provides facilitation for an informal association of biosolids & byproducts associations around North America.
- NEBRA staff and leading members provide dozens of presentations to conferences, webinars, and workshops each year.
- Focused on sustainability. NEBRA pioneered detailed greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting for biosolids management programs and was a primary architect of the Biosolids Emissions Assessment Model (BEAM) with Sylvis Environmental and the Canadian Council of Ministries of the Environment. NEBRA work on GHG accounting has been published in Water Environment & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology.
- Advancing best practices. NEBRA served in the original development of the National Biosolids Partnership's Environmental Management System (EMS) program. Today, NEBRA is continually supporting biosolids management organizations as they develop and maintain Biosolids Management Programs/EMSes in accordance with NBP requirements. Four NEBRA members are fully certified by the NBP, and others have functioning EMSes (details).
NEBRA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, registered in New Hampshire, serving the public interest. NEBRA was formed as the "New England Biosolids and Residuals Association" on December 22, 1997 and applied for exempt status in 1998. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granted exempt status in a letter dated May 12, 1999. NEBRA's name was changed to "North East Biosolids and Residuals Association" on November 15, 2006, and was recognized as such by the State of New Hampshire on May 19, 2008 and by the IRS on October 7, 2008. These documents and supporting information are available for public inspection during normal business hours.
NEBRA Annual Reports detailing accomplishments, management, and finances - and NEBRA's annual IRS Form 990 financial filing - are available for public inspection during normal business hours.