Biosolids & residuals recycling advances soil health, renewable energy, & community sustainability.  But doing more with these organics adds complexity, opportunities, & challenges.   It takes research, experience, technology, communication – topics we’ll address at this destination event for wastewater utility staff, managers, companies, engineers, policy-makers, and biosolids & residuals users from around New England, New York, Quebec, and beyond. Bienvenue!  Welcome!


Details & Preliminary Schedule

Online Registration

NEWEA Conference Webpage


Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities

Exhibit at the Northeast Residuals & Biosolids Conference!   Details...

Hotel Accommodations:  Make your reservation now.

Hilton Burlington is the main hotel for the conference. But rooms there are sold out (as of Sept. 22nd). 

We have secured an additional block of rooms next door at the Courtyard Marriott, 25 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401.  For those needing overnight accommodations, please go online here, or contact the Courtyard directly, Central Reservations: 1-800-321-2211 and mention the special rate code of NE Residuals & Biosolids to get the group rate, which is $179 per night plus tax.  The Reservation deadline is Friday, October 6, 2017.  Group rates are on a space and date availability basis.

The same group rate at the Hilton is offered through the weekend for those that would like to extend their stay and enjoy VT.  Call the Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 and mention the special rate code of NEWEA to get the group rate for Friday and/or Saturday nights. Group rates are on a space and date availability basis.



Many thanks to these supporters!

Many thanks to these supporters!

"We mustered in Cromwell...."

Someday, wastewater historians may look back on 2016 as a harbinger of a revolution in solids management in the Northeast. And Connecticut – the “still revolutionary” state – is the epicenter. That’s why this annual conference was here, in Cromwell.
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FINAL Conference Agenda


Session 1: Soils & Solids & Planning
   Perl Egendorf & Cheng: Organic Waste in Urban Agriculture: The NY City Clean Soil Bank Pilot Study
   Dwinal: Biosolids Stabilization in Concord, NH
   Ellis: The New York City DEP Biosolids Program: A Review and Update

The Northeast Residuals & Biosolids Symposium
October 19, 2015
Doubletree Boston North Shore

part of BioCycle REFOR15

Biosolids are part of the universe of organics being recycled for energy, carbon, and nutrients.  This conference brought it all together: networking with everyone involved in the organics management world, in a state (Massachusetts) that's leading the way in organics diversion & recycling!

We at NEBRA, along with the NEWEA Residuals Management Committee, appreciate the skilled presenters and quality presentations, below.  We thank BioCycle for the collaboration.  And we thank Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (NEBRA Member) and the others who opened their doors for the conference tours.


Jason Turgeon, U. S. EPA Region 1, summarizes the Integrated Resource Management process underway at New Bedford, MA.  Download presentation.

Jason Turgeon, U. S. EPA Region 1, summarizes the Integrated Resource Management process underway at New Bedford, MA. 
Download presentation.

Elaine Sistare, Chair, NEWEA Residuals Management Committee, moderates. C. Tyler photo.

David Harding (Agresource), winner of power tools in NEBRA Raffle 2015

Richard Weare explains planned co-digestion project at GLSD REFOR15 tour.

Marc Hébert, Quebec environment ministry. C. Tyler photo.

C. Tyler photo

Dr. Sally Brown (Univ. of WA) speaks at the NEWEA/NEBRA "Hot Topics" session at REFOR15.

Keynote speaker Natalie Lounsbury. C. Tyler photo.


October 22 & 23, 2014
Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks
So. Portland, ME

Final 2014 Conference Program
Intermission Slides
Welcome & Introduction by Aubrey Strause, President, MEWEA: download


Lunchtime Technology Presentations
Therma-Flite - not available
Crown Disintegrator

Session 4
McDonnell:  Class B Land Application - It's Alive!
Sierra:  Using a Biosolids Management System to Advance Quality Practices

"FROM 503 TO INFINITY"  (2013)

October 29-30, 2013
Courtyard Marriott, Grappone Center
Concord, NH


Tour: Manchester Incinerator Upgrades (poster)

Session 1: 503... 20 YEARS LATER
Rubin: Part 503 - Then & Now
Chaney: 503 -The Research on Metal and Chemical Standards and Risk Assessment
Smith: Review of U. S. Guidance and Regulations for Sludge Disinfection and Stabilization

Supplementary papers on pathogens and vector attraction reduction:
Smith:  Historical Review of U. S. Guidance and Regulations For Sludge Disinfection and Stabilization
Smith: Controlling Pathogens and Stabilizing Sludge/Biosolids - A Global Perspective

Session 2:  503...  TODAY
Formica and McNeill: Getting It Hot - Upgrading a Fluidized Bed Incinerator in Manchester, NH
Khunjar: Extractive Nutrient Recovery as a Green Option for Managing Phosphorus
McDonnell: Operational Efficiencies in Biosolids Transportation & Processing to Reduce Carbon Impact

Rudenko: Utilizing Excess Anaerobic Digestion Capacity to Process Source Separated Organics
Kuo-Dahab: Investigating Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Sewage Sludge and Food Waste
Donovan: Co-Digestion at Deer Island Treatment Plant
Van Horne: Taking WAS Out of the Waste - Sludge Pretreatment for Beneficial Uses

Rohrbacher: Somersworth Water Treatment Residuals (WTR)
Macdonald: Operational Realities   
Carpenter:  Water Treatment Residuals

Ripple: Beneficially Reusing Industrial Wastewaters and Waste By-products
Richardson: Wastewater Anaerobic Digestion Comes to Maine
Hanson and Connelly: Using Residuals to Improve New England Soils

Van Ham: Keynote - Biosolids as a Tool for Solving Others' Challenges ("Being A Superhero with Biosolids")
Litwiller: Public Consultation - Consistency & Transparency
Alix: Technology & Hubris vs. Common Sense