Providing biosolids information...
- NEBRAMail, our email newsletter, is recognized widely for not just conveying the news, but for distilling and interpreting it.
- NEBRA staff and members were co-authors of the 2013 National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) report Enabling the Future: Advancing Resource Recovery from Biosolids.
- NEBRA led the development of national biogas data for WEF - a national resource.
- NEBRA's Executive Director was lead author of the "Public Outreach and Involvement" chapter of the WEF/WERF/EPA Solids Process Design and Management manual (2012).
- The NBP report Charting the Future of Biosolids Management cited NEBRA work 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 - the most commonly-cited data on biosolids use in the U. S.
- NEBRA created the summary chapter and helped the United Nations and the Greater Moncton utility produce the Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater Sludge, and Biosolids Management.
- NEBRA Information Updates and news publications address the most current critical issues: microconstituents, pathogens, greenhouse gas emissions, EPA sewage sludge incinerator regulations, legal issues, and public concerns (including responses to the two negative films about biosolids) - see details on our "Resources" pages.
- NEBRA is ready with information you need, when you need it.
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.