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In 1993, the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, the wastewater treatment authority that serves 1.5 million citizens in metropolitan Denver, CO, began buying land in Eastern Colorado near the small agricultural community of Deer Trail, CO, to use as a biosolids land application site. Over the next several years, Metro acquired 52,000 acres of agricultural land that lies in two counties and is suitable for growing wheat, millet, and other dryland crops. During the acquisition phase, Metro thought that, by buying land in such a remote area, it would face little or no viable local opposition to applying its biosolids, which would be used as a soil amendment in farming operations. Another purpose for buying the land was to ensure Metro of an adequately sized land application site at a fixed distance from the Central Treatment Plant where biosolids could be land applied during inclement weather without being at the whims of private landowners.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864704784343153

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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