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Regulation of Biosolids and Manure Land Application

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Land application of biosolids and manure is an important mechanism for recycling nutrients in the food system. While federal law prescribes certain practices that affect the recycling of these materials, the states have each enacted their own regulatory regimes. This creates substantial state-by-state diversity in the rules for when, where, and how nutrients can be recycled through land application.

Over the past several months, the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance has developed two compendia of state regulations that impact phosphorus flows resulting from land application--one for biosolids and one for manure. Draft versions of this information have been released for quality testing, rendered both as text reports and as an online, ArcGIS Story Map. This webinar will introduce these resources to the community and demonstrate some of the features of the ArcGIS tool. High-level report findings will also be discussed. We'd especially like to invite discussion about how we can best improve the tool to facilitate discussions around how regulatory complexity constrains recycling and where changes might improve the sustainable recycling of these materials.

Please join the report authors, Drs. Rebecca Muenich and Matt Scholz, for the discussion.

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