With this letter, the
National Biosolids Partnership
(Partnership) notes the beginning of its12th year and presents to you its 2008-2009 Annual Report.Thanks to past Congressional funding supplemented by the Water Environment Federation,100 utilities in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Canada are participating in thePartnership. Twenty-two utilities have third-party-certified Biosolids EnvironmentalManagement Systems (EMS). Three of the 22 agencies were added to the list of certifiedutilities in 2008--Alexandria, VA Sanitation Authority, Louisville & Jefferson County, KYMSD, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.There are now 13 utilities that have achieved Platinum Level status in the Partnership’sEMS program by successfully meeting the interim certified agency audit requirements. Thetwo new Platinum utilities are the City of Albany Wastewater Treatment Plant in Albany, OR;and East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, CA. Thirty other agencies are activelypursuing audit-readiness, with 15 to 20 utilities expected to make the leap to certified statusduring 2009.The Partnership website,www.biosolids.org, continues to be the premier nationalclearinghouse for timely, credible biosolids information. It houses all of the EMS Blueprintdocuments, profiles of EMS-certified utilities, information to help utilities and the public, anda weekly biosolids newsletter.This has been a challenging year for the National Biosolids Partnership. While it has beenrewarding to serve as Chair and to participate in several of the new agency certificationcelebrations (including my own organization’s event in September), it also has beendisappointing to experience the effects of the economy on municipal governments. Theaudit process that validates the high standards required by the NBP program is beyond thefinancial reach of many participating agencies. We are hopeful of a renewal of federalsupport in 2009 so that an expanded program can reach more of the Nation’s Biosolidsgenerators with a program that encourages better management and serves the broaderneeds of the stakeholder community. To that end, we
have established a workingrelationship with the WEF Environmental Management Committee and plan to use the NBPEMS as a model for encouraging more agencies to broaden their interest in using the EMSapproach to improve plant and agency operations.
to Ensure Environmental Stewardship in Local Communities