Farms and Industries are under strict regulations for effluent discharge - still the unmanagable algae blooms are causing human and environemental health issues, losses in water related industries and related real estate businesses. They all are seeking a better solution!
The livestock and poultry on the largest factory farms in 2012 produced 369 million tons of manure — almost 13 times more than the 312 million people in the United States, [i] this 13.8 billion cubic feet of manure is enough to fill the Dallas Cowboys stadium 133 times [ii] - the household waste produced in most U.S. communities is treated in municipal sewer systems, but factory farm manure is stored in lagoons and ultimately applied, untreated, to farm fields as fertilizer (Food & Water Watch).[i] USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. 2012 Census of Agriculture. United States Summary and State Data at Tables 11, 12 and 20; Food & Water Watch calculation comparing human and livestock waste production based on EPA (2004) at 9. [ii] USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. “Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook.” Chapter 4, Agricultural Waste Characteristics. March 2008 at 4-12 to 4-20; Dallas Cowboys. [Press release]. “Dallas Cowboys Stadium Design Statement.” December 12, 2006.
More than 1,500 parties from across the Great Lakes, including national, state and tribal governments in Canada and the United States, formed a Great Lakes task force in 2004, prompted by these concerns. This was to cost as much as $20 billion over 20 years.
All together, sugar farmers have spent about $260 million on clean up, largely by keeping water on farms, cleaning out ditches where phosphorus-rich soil settles.
Canada and the United States signed the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and spent billions restoring the lakes, reducing phosphorus loading in Lake Erie by 60 percent
The latest figures suggest meeting federal lake pollution standards will cost in excess of $100 million a year over 20 years.
GSR's patent pending, scalable, bolt-on platform changes the waste nutrient management game - it converts the enormously growing problem of excessive nutrients into an enormous opportunity by generating new revenue sources from recovered nutrients and saves the treatment costs - anywhere nationwide and worldwide. GSR's process combines the cutting edge technological advances with mass production of the fastest growing biomass feeding on excess nutrients to convert those into valued products for fast growing markets such as waste remediation, water reclamation, fertilizer, feed and fuel.
Industries and dairy farms generating effluents containing excessive nutrients are our potential partners. They are required to meet standards for handling and recycling of wastewater nutrients per guidelines from the States and the regulatory Agencies.
Our partner farm site hosting an anaerobic digester systemImage © GSR Solutions LLC
Our industry partner Green Mountain Power is planning to build a community digester that will serve three St. Albans farms.Photo Source: Green Mountain Power google map in VPR News
The commonly used anaerobic biodigester systems for the treatment of waste in use are effective mostly in treating the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) but not nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) removal. This effluent coming out of biodigester needs to be further treated before it can be discharged into the water streams as per water quality regulations. And several host sites cannot afford this system. GSR's platform serves both the sites. After the pre-treatment process, GSR selects the pre-tested microalgal strains (from it's collection facility) for mass culturing, and utilizes the symbiotic potential between the microbial communities. For instance, the photosynthetic microalgae produces the oxygen for bacterial community through photosynthesis and heterotrophic bacteria breaks down the organic material to supply the growing biomass with the required carbon, nitrogen and other products of decomposition - this symbiotic process is responsible for the removal of effluent components from wastewater via adsorption on living or dead biomass. The mature biomass is harvested and processed into target molecules and products, clean water is recycled.