China's Hollow Villages Undergo a Transformation

As an agricultural engineering professor, I was excited to visit and tour the farm village Houbali, in southwestern Shandong Province. I found myself standing among newly constructed high-rise buildings, a vastly different community than I had expected to encounter. A bicycle repair shop was setting up alongside other bustling businesses in the first-floor storefronts. 


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  1. Capturing Greehouse Gases in China's Countryside

    Mar 9, 2020

    Karen Mancl was one of the featured speakers at Rural Climate Action in the US and China event at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC.  The March 6 event was webcast and is available for viewing.  Dr. Mancl's presentation starts at 1:07 as she was the 4th speaker at the 2-hour event.  Link to the event at:

    https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/rural-climate-action-us-and-china

  2. Pig Disease is Creating a Mountainous Solid Waste Problem

    Feb 28, 2020

     In August of 2018, the Chinese were raising 500

  3. Soil and Site Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Treatment - Online Course

    Feb 12, 2020

    Registered sanitarians, soil scientists, sanitary engineers, installers and others who work on small and onsite wastewater treatment systems are sometimes expected to consider sites and soils for suitability.  This new online course has video lectures, demonstrations and homework exercises to prepare onsite professionals to conduct a preliminary evaluation.  The goal of this course is to help an onsite professional to become a soils practitioner to assist soil scientists is conducting site and soil evaluations.

     

  4. Shock Chlorination of Wells

    Jun 20, 2019

    New fact sheet posted on sanitizing wells.  If a water test reveals a well is contaminated with bacteria, a series of actions are needed to protect the health of the family and visitors to the home.

    Link to fact sheet

  5. Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

    May 31, 2019

    Storms, floods, and water line breaks can all cause disruptions in drinking water supply. Camping and hiking spots in remote areas may have unsanitary water supplies. Most importantly, traveling outside the United States poses a risk to travelers, since water treatment is not as reliable in other countries.

    Link to fact sheet

  6. Wastewater Treatment in Rural China

    May 13, 2019

    Not Too Big—Not Too Small—Just Right: Sand Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment in Chinese Villages

  7. Reclaiming China’s Worn-out Farmland: Don’t Treat Soil Like Dirt

    May 2, 2019

    China’s food security is rooted in its soil.  Sadly, more than 40 percent of China’s soil is degraded from overuse, erosion, and pollution.  Continue reading

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  8. China's Hollow Villages Undergo a Transformation

    Apr 5, 2019

    As an agricultural engineering professor, I was excited to visit and tour the farm village Houbali, in southwestern Shandong Province. I found myself standing among newly constructed high-rise buildings, a vastly different community than I had expected to encounter.  Continue reading

    on NewSecurityBeat.org

  9. On-site Sprinkler Irrigation of Treated Wastewater in Ohio

    Dec 3, 2018

    Bulletin e912 is now available as a downloadable PDF.  The new version is an enhancement of the first bulletin published in 2004.  This updated bulletin includes the last 14 years of OSU research in on-site wastewater reuse and has several examples of system layout for different types of sites.  To purchase a download click here.

  10. Septic Tank Soil Treatment Systems

    Oct 1, 2018

    Updated bulletin 939 is now available as a downloadable pdf.  The bulletin contains a step-by-step design process based on linear loading rates and the soils infiltrative capacity. Click here to purchase a copy.

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