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June 2017 Branch Meeting

Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Topic: Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Facility

Speaker: Lisa Boatman, P.E. & John Mitchell, P.E. – Austin Water

Speaker Bio:

Hornsby BendLisa Boatman, P.E. Process Engineer and John Mitchell, P.E. Facility Engineer will give a presentation on Hornsby Bend. Lisa and John joined the Hornsby team in 2015 and provide engineering support for the facility which is operated by Austin Water. The presentation will focus on:

- Brief history of the facility
- Plant process overview
- Upcoming Capital Improvement Projects
- Pilot technologies for Sidestream treatment
- Status of the City of Austin’s biosolids program and Dillo Dirt

The City of Austin is committed to protecting public health, conserving the environment, and restoring the ecology of Austin through high quality biosolids treatment and reuse. The Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant receives and recycles all of Austin’s biosolids and yard trimmings. The facility has received many local, state, and national awards, including the Texas Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award and twice winning the Environmental Protection Agency’s first place national award for biosolids treatment and reuse.

The 1,200-acre Hornsby Bend site is the Austin area’s most popular bird watching destination with over 370 species identified. The American Bird Conservancy and the Audubon Society have recognized the facility by designating it an Important Bird Area for North America. 

Hornsby Bend is working to improve Austin’s environment through the research and education supported by the Water Utility’s Center for Environmental Research (CER) located at the site. The CER supports urban ecology and sustainability research with all Central Texas universities and colleges, collaborates on projects with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, and involves Austin schools, non-profit organizations, and the public in ecological projects at Hornsby Bend. The CER manages public involvement, research projects, and educational tours at the Hornsby Bend site. As a community service, the CER auditorium and classrooms are used by a wide range of organizations for environmental workshops, training, and classes throughout the year.