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Community Biosolids Toxics Use Reduction Project

Organization(s) Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description In 2001, Vermont DEC initiated a pilot toxics use reduction project with two municipalities - the city of Winooski and the Town of Brattleboro - with a focus on improving biosolids quality. DEC staff and the VT Small Business Development Center provided technical assistance and project oversight. Although the focus of the program was initially on improving biosolids quality through increased awareness and behavior change, it is hoped that the initiative will have broader P2 implications in the community and serve as a model for other communities and community-based approaches.

These communities have put public education programs in place, including school curriculum, community events, and informational materials. In the summer of 2001, Brattleboro was working with a professional videographer to develop an educational video on water sources, water pollution, and wastewater treatment in the town. The City of Winooski was developing indicators of community health as a part of their efforts. Each community is developing a biosolids monitoring protocol as a means to monitor progress in toxics reduction. Each municipality has also completed environmental compliance audits at all of its facilities and will be working with DEC to reach out to the business community.

DEC is learning a great deal by working with these communities and hopes to initiate projects in other communities.

Project Contact
Name Gary Gulka
Phone 802-241-3626
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 2, Summer 2002 [PDF]


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