OBG experts demonstrate successful willow-based evapotranspiration cover system
Environmental experts at OBG and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) have worked together over the last decade to develop a willow-based evapotranspiration cover system for an inactive hazardous waste site. The team of researchers recently published a research paper in which fast-growing willow vegetation was used as a protective cover at a waste disposal site near Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, NY.
What were the results? Through this research, development, and commercialization program, the researchers were able to demonstrate that willow production on this site has reached, and in some cases exceeded, levels that have been measured on agricultural soils in the region. The project has successfully reduced the water available for leachate generation, avoiding significant greenhouse gas emissions that would have been associated with the construction of a traditional cover system, and providing alternative energy feedstock opportunities in the form of biomass from harvesting the willows.
Our experts also will be speaking about the project at the upcoming Battelle 2016 Chlorinated Conference taking place May 22-26 in Palm Springs, CA.