15 Jul 2019
Phosphate Removal from Nursery Runoff Water Using an Iron-Based Remediation System
Francisca Ordonez Hinz, Joseph P. Albano, and P. Chris Wilson (University of Florida)
Phosphorous (P) losses from containerized plant production nurseries can be significant due to the low nutrient retention capacities of the soilless media components. Many states, including Florida, are developing or have developed more stringent rules for limiting nutrient discharges into public waterbodies to improve water quality. Effective methods are needed to reduce amounts of P in runoff and drainage water. This study investigated the use of a small scale flow-through ferrous iron (Fe(II))-based remediation system for chemically precipitating P.
Read this research article here: https://doi.org/10.3390/w11040795
2 Apr 2019
Removal of Agrichemicals from Water Using Granular Activated Carbon Filtration
Grant, G.A., P.R. Fisher, J.E. Barrett, and P.C. Wilson (University of Florida)
The objective was to evaluate removal efficacy of agrichemicals from water using a small-scale granular activated carbon (GAC) system. Chemicals reduced below their minimum detection limits after 64 seconds of GAC filtration included acephate, flurprimidol, paclobutrazol, uniconazole, peracetic acid, DDAC, and chlorine. Percent reduction for other chemicals with 64 s GAC was 72.2% for bifenthrin, 89% chlorphyrifos, 85.3% imidacloprid, 99% glyphosate, 99.4% triclopyr, 99.3% hydrogen peroxide, 47.6% iron-EDDHA, and 94.6% soracid blue dye. GAC filtration can remove many agrichemical contaminants used in greenhouse and nursery production, although greater contact time would be needed in commercial production than in this study.
22 Jan 2019
Removal of Nitrogen and Phosphorus from Nursery Runoff using Zeolite and Woodchips
Anna Birnbaum and Jim Owen (Virginia Tech)
Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) runoff from containerized nurseries contributes impaired US waterways. Virginia Tech aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of ferric aided zeolite sieves with or without bioreactors as a potential BMP for N and P removal of containerized nursery production tail-water (i.e. runoff). The ferric aided zeolite sieve without woodchip bioreactor achieved an average P removal efficiency of 30% with no effect on N removal. Woodchip bioreactors preceding zeolite was effective for N removal with an average rate of 14%. Woodchip bioreactors reduced efficacy at N removal was presumed to be a result of retention times >24hrs and high sulfur concentrations. Ferric aided zeolite+woodchip bioreactor treatment trains may be effective for N and P reduction in nursery tail-water if designed properly to avoid excessive retention times in the denitrification bioreactors.
Watch the presentation here https://youtu.be/7V_H_6orlJc
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