Manure Anyone? Wellington Florida Looks For Manure Solutions.

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Manure Anyone? Wellington Florida Looks For Manure Solutions.

Manure, Oh Crap! And a lot of it! Yep, when you live in horse country along with those gorgeous animals comes a lot of manure!

During Wellington Florida's Equestrian high peak seasons there are over 9,000 horses here and those 9,000 horses produce about 3,000 cubic yards of manure PER DAY!

Now that's a lot of manure!   wellington Florida manure problem

Since the inception of Wellington Florida this has been an issue and a concern. Wellington Florida is near the Florida Everglades. This makes the manure situation much more complicated. There are other Equestrian areas around the country that compost their manure. That was not accepted here. In fact, the horse owners have to ship the manure out of Wellington because you are not allowed to compost in Wellington. I wrote a post about the issues of composting and where does this manure go, you can click here to find out more about the manure issues here in Wellington Florida.

Even if composting became an alternative it still would not solve the problem because after composting you are still left with 1/3 of waste that is super nasty smelling and causes pollution from ammonia, carbon monoxide and nitrogen sulphide. No one wants to live next to something that smells like that! So then they would have to drive the manure to a plant that would compost this crap and that is not cost effective at the price of gas to haul it there. It is not an easy project to compost manure either; you must separate all the shavings and one horse requires 19 feet of digestive volume. 

You can not let the manure hang around and you can not compost it here because the water that is used for composting is drained into the Florida Everglades. Not a good thing! The horse manure has a lot of the seeping of phosphorus. Phosphorus causes an imbalance on the natural eco system in the very fragile Florida Everglades. Therefore you can not leave the manure on the ground to get into the water run off. The state of Florida is requiring the restoration of the Florida Everglades. This is just one piece of this effort.

One alternative that came up a while back was to take the manure, burn it and turn it into electricity. This past week that proposal was presented to Wellington. Wellington Energy LLC made the proposal that it can take the manure and turn it into electricity. The CEO of Wellington Energy LLC is a vetinarean, Dr Scott Swerdlin. He says this alternative is safe, green and cost- effective. The reason he got involved with the energy company is because he owns the Palm Beach Equine Clinic that has 318 stalls. He is most likely the second largest manure producer in Wellington.

The waste to energy station would be able to take all the manure including the shavings, there would be no storage requirement, no big gas bills for hauling and no odor or leakage. There would only be one small by product of the plant and that would be a small amount (2%) potash residue which can be used as a fertilizer. The plant can be built on a small 6 acre site. The company built a similar plant to this one they proposed in Pittsburg PA.

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Steven Nickens
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
Island Sotheby's International Realty

okay this is weird but I am really into manure. There are a few horses on Maui. My daughter has had three horses so at present we have none. I use manure for gardening so if you want to send me some that would be awesome.


July 13, 2008 04:09 PM
Nestor & Katerina Gasset
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
International Properties and Investments LLC

Steve- LOL! Yes but that would be one smelly shipment all the way to Hawaii! They probably even laws against sending it:) Thank you for the gorgeous Lei. Mahalo. I love Maui BTW! Where I want to retire!

July 13, 2008 11:26 PM
Anonymous #16
Rita cantun

Hello .this is not above horse shit is bull shit , this is going to by a monopoly . Farm owners will pay $$$$$ much mony for the disposal . the want not a solution for the horse manure , the want a lot of money , and they going to do a monopoly of this .for example now I pay for a big load 20 yards $ 120. Im hapy whit that , how is that the want a property for free .so we are paying for the property too??????    

DonT Del this mesage like the other   O

October 05, 2008 08:50 AM
Tricia Jumonville
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties

When horse manure (or anything else) is composted here, we don't have a residual that is "super nasty smelling and causes pollution".  Not if it's being done right.  All that should be left is lovely soil.  I should know, the stables that I worked at had two HUGE manure piles that were composted (build one, let it work, then build the next - by the time the first is ready for area gardeners to haul off, the next one was being built).  40 horses worth is a LOT of manure, trust me! Plus, of course, I have my own horses here and have had up to 10 at one time.  We even fertilize our pastures with a "tea" made of composted cow manure - it's better for the soil and does a much better job than weedkilling and fertilizing.

So I'm puzzled by that statement, but using the manure to produce electricity is what I thought of as being a perfect solution for Florida, with its delicate ecosystem.

October 05, 2008 09:25 PM
Nestor & Katerina Gasset
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
International Properties and Investments LLC

Tricia- You have to understand the land in Florida. We are at Sea level. Our water system is only 4 feet underground. We have aqua fills running underneath us with our fresh water. We have the delicate eco system of the everglades. When you take all of that and then you find that the horse manure phosphorus is leaching into not only our water system but also the everglades where is is messing up the delicate eco system there killing natural life habitats and encouraging invading species. IT is complicated.

When we drill for a well here, you get water in about 2 to 4 feet. 

The bad part about our town is that we are not allowed to compost in any way in our back yards.

October 06, 2008 01:59 AM

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