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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Virginia Hepp
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Katerina - FYI - when I click on your blog, I have to scroll sideways to read it again.  When I click on the title and it loads, I get the whole page.  So I am OK with that now that I realized I can click and read.

I am in Firefox 3.

Jul 03, 2008 01:39 AM #1
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Now that's alot ! Glad that a solution was found. In fact, making energy is a timely solution too!

 

Jul 03, 2008 01:48 AM #2
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Virginia- Are you using IE or Firefox. Switch to Firefox, you should not have that problem. I do not have that issue in Firefox. Plus Firefox is much faster and more secure than IE. Just have to use IE for your MLS.

Jul 03, 2008 01:57 AM #3
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Katerina - I changed to Firefox a couple of months ago - when I was having issues with your blog before, you advised me to use Firefox.  It helped with reading your posts, and just recently have I had problems again with reading yours.  I use Firefox 3.  I only use IE for MLS and Zip Forms.

Jul 03, 2008 02:13 AM #4
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Virginia- I wonder why I don't have the same problem? I will have to check with Dave when he did my header, IVi don't think that is it. I could be that I put back the wider vflyer because my click throughs went down when I replaced it for the skinnier one. And then one other person said the same thing after I posted my BMX post, I had to do some moving around of the photos on that post, so maybe that is the little rat causing all the problems. I will check it out on the weekend.

Jul 03, 2008 02:27 AM #5
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Hi Katrina,

Check out Taylor Recycling for info on turning garbage into electricity.  Two plants are about to go on line one in northern FL.  I heard Jim Taylor speak the other day and he is awesome.  I am all for making lemonade out of lemons or electricity out of waste.  Let's do it !!!

Jul 03, 2008 06:27 AM #6
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Katerina,

It sounds simple enough on the surface of things, does it look like the city will move forward with this idea?

Don R.

Jul 03, 2008 06:42 AM #7
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Great entrepreneurship on the part of a small business person. 

BTW, I too have problems with your posts, but I just reduce the size of the font one click and then it's O.K. 

Jul 03, 2008 07:24 AM #8
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Too bad we can't figure out a way to run our cars on manure. Then all out problems would be solved! We have a lot of it here too (Lexington is the Horse Capitol of the World), but since I don't hear anyone complaining about where to put it all...they have solved this problem somehow.

Jul 03, 2008 08:06 AM #9
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Lenn- When did you start to have problems with my posts? I know this happened once before and Brad Andersohn and I worked on it for about 3 hours and finally found the cause and cured it, but now I hear it has started again. Has this always been an issue or is this a new issue? Thank for your help.

Jul 03, 2008 08:17 AM #10
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Katerina- I love it when people come up with solutions that have such impact. Instead of thinking "where can we put this" they've thought "what good can be done with this".

Jul 03, 2008 10:20 AM #11
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Chuck- I love that too. There is a solution to every problem, a law of the universe.

 

Lizette- They have cars that run on vegetable oil, ethonal, batteries, water and even air. People are just not that interested in changing over, they are not willing to give up their SUV's and I am not going to give up my Mercedes:) I am waiting for Mercedes to come up with an alternative car.

 

Don- They are going to vote on it this fall and they seem open to it. We will see.

Jul 05, 2008 10:33 PM #12
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Paddy- That is so interesting! Thank you for sharing.

 

Gerard- Thanks for commenting:)

 

 

Jul 05, 2008 10:35 PM #13
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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.

Steve

Jul 13, 2008 04:09 PM #14
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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!

Jul 13, 2008 11:26 PM #15
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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??????    

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Oct 05, 2008 08:50 AM #16
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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.

Oct 05, 2008 09:25 PM #17
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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.

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