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growth of dry-land wheat crops, research data demonstrates the environmentally safe, economically 
beneficial, and an agriculturally sound practice of biosolids recycling in the arid western United States.  
In addition to western states farming communities, this research is of value to biosolids researchers, 
regulators, generators, appliers, and other environmental professionals through the following benefits: 

 

Understanding of environmental impacts associated with the use of wastewater biosolids; 

 

Generating key information necessary to the development of improved biosolids regulations 
and application guidance; 

 

Promoting public education and increased public acceptability of biosolids recycling; 

 

Contributing to improved technological design and operation of biosolids programs. 

Through improved understanding of the environmental impacts of biosolids use, specific farming and 
financial benefits are realized.  Key information is also generated for the development of enhanced 
biosolids regulations and program guidance, resulting in greater public acceptability for biosolids 
recycling. 

National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) 

On July 7, 2011, LEWWTP signed a Letter of Understanding with NBP, in which, LEWWTP committed to 
become a certified organization with NBP.  The intent of this program is to improve its existing biosolids 
management practices and obtain independent, third party verification.  With this action, LEWWTP 
pledged to meet the national requirements for an excellent biosolids program, to implement and 
maintain a NBP Biosolids Management Program (BMP), and to follow the NBP National Code of Good 
Practice.  Since that date, the following milestones have been achieved: 

 

January 15, 2013:  Gold Level recognition for successfully completing an independent, third-
party verification audit; 

 

December 4, 2014, L/E WWTP received Platinum level certification with NBP. 

In addition to this program recognition, LEWWTP is currently a member of the NBP Advisory Committee 
and actively involved to mentor the City of Ft. Collins WWTP in their effort to become certified with 
NBP. 

Workforce and Leadership Development 

An initiative was launched to address performance management, career development, succession 
planning, and knowledge management to capture the institutional knowledge of its workforce, develop 
and document Standard Operating Procedures and support on-going training programs to ensure 
knowledge transfer and long-term operational success.  The focus of this plan is the development and 
use of an online operations manual to capture and store this information. 

Apprentice Operator Program 

In 2000, LEWWTP lost five certified operators and a supervisor to smaller facilities offering attractive 
pay/benefits packages.  This critical circumstance forced management staff to evaluate their 
recruitment strategy, which had been successfully used for years.  Moving away from the standard skills, 
certification, and “years of experience” approach, a new strategy focused on candidates demonstrating 
a positive attitude, an aptitude for learning and the intrinsic motivation to learn and advance in the 
water industry.  The result was a change in recruitment strategy from a skill, certification and experience 
emphasis, to an emphasis on of attitude and aptitude. 

This change required an innovative program to train new employees for the skills and operator 
certification required to be competent plant operators.  From this training need, the successful