News Briefs: Utility Worker Finds Colossal Crayfish

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, residents in Turtle Valley, British Columbia, set up a roadblock to prevent trucks from hauling biosolids

A utility worker in Bowling Green, Kentucky, recently found a giant crayfish in a water filtration system at an intake plant. Biology professor Steve Huskey tells WTHR News it’s the largest he’s ever seen.

“When I first laid my eyes on this thing, my jaw dropped,” says Huskey. “I thought he was trying to pull the wool over us and had brought in a lobster from Florida and trying to pawn it off as a crawdad. It's absolutely enormous.”

Huskey says he plans to preserve the crayfish, which at 10 inches is confirmed to be larger than anything in the Illinois Natural History Survey, which has a collection of more than 90,000 crustaceans.

Citizens Create Roadblock to Stop Trucks Hauling Biosolids

Residents of Turtle Valley, British Columbia, recently set up a roadblock to prevent trucks hauling biosolids from accessing private property where it was being spread as a soil additive. The citizens tell CFJC Today that they have concerns about the environmental impact and health and safety of biosolids land application.

“We have stopped one truck this morning, it showed up about 8:00. It was turned away, they were escorted by Arrow employees as well,” Turtle Valley resident Connie Seaward tells CFJC Today. “They were very respectful and turned around and headed back.”

California WWTP Rebrands as Water Resource Center

The wastewater treatment facility in Santa Barbara, California, is undergoing a rebranding to better reflect all the services it offers the city. The plant is now named the El Estero Water Resource Center.

“It will be used for more projects than ever before,” Santa Barbara Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark tells KCOY News.

Heal the Ocean Executive Director Hillary Hauser said recently at the name-changing celebration that she first learned three decades ago about the waste at the site. “Here we are now celebrating this wonderful treatment of water and not calling it sewage anymore but a water resource.”


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