NEBRA's Leadership

Providing biosolids information...


Communications and cooperation...        

  • NEBRA provides comments in local and state hearings, public meetings, and community discussions.
  • 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 state and provincial wastewater / water pollution control groups (e.g. GMWEA, MEWEA, NHWPCA, and MPWWA). NEBRA has been an active and effective cooperator with the National Biosolids Partnership.
  • NEBRA started and provides facilitation for an informal information exchange amongst biosolids & byproducts associations around North America (ABBA), which is now a subcommittee of the WEF Residuals & Biosolids Committee.
  • NEBRA staff and leading members provide dozens of presentations to conferences, webinars, and workshops each year.

Keeping the focus 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, Northern Tilth, the Univ. of Washington, 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.
  • NEBRA continues project work on advancing sustainable practices at individual biosolids programs and through research (e.g. on applying triple-bottom-line analysis to biosolids management options for the Water Environment Research Foundation and a Université Laval project demonstrating the use of sewage sludge incinerator ash as a phosphorus fertilizer).

Advancing best practices...

  • NEBRA provides members with tailored help assessing and adopting more sustainable practices.
  • NEBRA offers  trainings tailored for member organizations.
  • NEBRA served in the original development of the National Biosolids Partnership's Environmental Management System (EMS) program.  Today, NEBRA supports biosolids management organizations as they develop and maintain Biosolids Management Programs/EMSes in accordance with NBP requirements.  Several NEBRA members have been recognized by the NBP, and others have functioning EMSes.
  • NEBRA provides biosolids training workshops from Halifax, NS (June 2013); Lewiston, ME (September 2013); Ellsworth, ME (December 2014) to Hartford, CT (annual March Sewage Sludge Incinerator operator training); Wells, ME (February 2016); and Portsmouth, NH (March 2018) in cooperation with key stakeholder organizations: Maritime Provinces Water & Wastewater Association, JETCC, NEIWPCC, and NHWPCA.