Biosolids Project

August 17, 2016:

BMS Applying to County for Development Permit Change

Click here for full ad posted in the Chronicle on August 16, 2016.

August 21, 2014:

Update on the Biosolids Demonstration Project

We have a Wheat Crop! Check out the pictures below.

Aaron Hills, V.P. Operations and John Lavery from Sylvis visited the demonstration wheat, and test field, on Wednesday, August 20th to check on the crops. Shown below are samples from both fields.

A wheat crop

B wheat crop

The wheat is from one of the two fields that biosolids were applied to earlier this year. The other field has been planted with oats and will be planted with willows in the spring of 2015. Full analytical results will be available on the crop yields later this year. Queries about the project can be directed to Aaron Hills, V.P. Operations, aaron.hills@beavermunicipal.com

June 24, 2014:

Biosolids Crop Flourishes

Take a drive down Secondary Highway 854 North from Ryley to Township Road 504, and then west to Range Road 174 and you won’t be able to miss the lush wheat crop growing on land that was previously used for grazing, because of poor crop yields.

The decision has been made to put off the growing of willow trees on the other property until next spring. However, the landowner will be planting oats on that land and we are waiting patiently to see how that crop turns out.

Now all we have to do is pray for good weather!

May 2, 2014:

Biosolids Applications Begins at Demonstration Sites

Biosolids applications at the two demonstration sites in Beaver County are scheduled to begin the week of May 5. Biosolids from the two existing stockpiles will be loaded into conventional manure spreaders and applied onto the fields. The biosolids will be incorporated into the soil within approximately 24 hours of spreading (weather dependent) using discs or heavy harrows.

Application equipment will be operating daily between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm until all the biosolids on the site are spread. The stockpile areas will be decommissioned and become part of the application areas.

Biosolids will not be applied to the land during periods of heavy rain or if the soil is waterlogged. Weather permitting, the applications will take approximately three weeks to complete. All operations will be conducted under the supervision of SYLVIS Environmental and in accordance with the SYLVIS Safety Management System and the Letter of Authorization issued by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development.

This project will be testing several different application rates of biosolids as well as a combination of biosolids and gypsum in order to assess the effect of different treatments on improving solonetzic soil conditions and crop production. The applications will be carefully monitored to ensure that the rates match those described in the project proposals.

Once biosolids applications are complete, SYLVIS will continue to monitor the soil, water and crops at the demonstration sites over the course of the growing season.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to General Manager and CAO Pierre Breau, at 780.663.2038, ext 104, or by email: pierre.breau@beavermunicipal.com.

Scroll down to see previous updates and links related to the Biosolids Demonstration Project: A Growing Opportunity.


Biosolids will be applied to the fields using conventional manual spreading equipment


Biosolids will be incorporated shortly after application with a disc or heavy harrow

September 6, 2013:

Biosolids Stockpiling Begins!

Beaver Municipal Solutions began hauling biosolids from the City of Edmonton to the two project sites in Beaver County on September 5th. The hauling will be done in the evenings and at night (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.), because of the City of Edmonton’s biosolids production schedule, and is expected to continue until the end of October.

All road use permits and highway safety requirements will be strictly followed. The Secondary Highway 854 North will be used with one route turning off at Township Road 504 and west to Range Road 174, and the other turning off onto Secondary Highway 626 west. Call 780-663-2038 with any questions about the project.

The Biosolids Demonstration Project: A Growing Opportunity is a partnership between local landowners, the City of Edmonton and Sylvis Environmental to demonstrate the beneficial reuse of dewatered biosolids from wastewater treatment processes in order to improve crop fertility in native hard-pack, solonetzic soils. Read more about our project in the articles posted below!


BMS prepares to dump first load


Unloading begins


First load spread


Another angle to show the height of the stockpile

August 30, 2013:

Biosolids on Their Way Next Week!

Trucks are expected to begin hauling biosolids from the City of Edmonton to the two project sites in Beaver County starting September 5th. The hauling will be done in the evenings and at night (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.), because of the City of Edmonton’s biosolids production schedule, and is expected to continue until the end of October.

All road use permits and highway safety requirements will be strictly followed. The Secondary Highway 854 North will be used with one route turning off at Township Road 504 and west to Range Road 174, and the other turning off onto Secondary Highway 626 west. Call 780-663-2038 with any questions about the project.