Apr 23, 2021
Early in the pandemic, an unexpected outbreak among mink brought catastrophe to Denmark’s vaunted mink fur industry, leading to the extermination of its entire mink population and total collapse of its output. The U.S. and China are among the top contenders looking to capitalize on the sudden vacuum in the market.
To learn more read the whole article at China/US Focus
Apr 23, 2021
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.
Feb 22, 2021
Private well owners are responsible to testing and maintaining their own water supply to protect family and visitors. Laboratories throughout Ohio accept samples from the public for water testing. The lab list was just updated to help locate a nearby lab. Go to https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AEX-315
Oct 29, 2020
Just published SETLL research on a new approach to UV disinfection. Batch disinfection improves disinfection, saves energy and extends the life of the equipment.
• Liu, K., E. Park, KM Mancl, J. Lee and O.H. Tuovinen. 2020. Batch UV disinfection for small flow onsite wastewater treatment. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 36(5):717-725. doi.org/10.13031/aea.13398
Jun 11, 2020
China has more than 40 million anaerobic digesters collecting animal and human waste for conversion to methane. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas having 25 times more impact than carbon dioxide. By comparison, only 254 agricultual digesters have been constucted in the US.
May 27, 2020
Just published a new fact sheet on household water use. The good news is water use per person is going down, thanks to new low-water using fixtures. Read more about Household Water Use.
May 8, 2020
Ninety percent of the world's plastic greenhouses, covering 3.3 million hectares. China is also the world leader in the use of plastic mulch, over 2 million tons. Agricultural plastics are dirty making them difficult to recycle. To learn more, read the article in the New Security Beat.
Apr 8, 2020
The cover story of the January/February issue of Journal of Environmental Health features OSU research on Water Quality Trading and rural homeowners' willingness to upgrade their septic systems to reduce nutrient discharge to Lake Erie. This surprising finding points out an additional way to reduce non-point source pollution.
Guo, YT, K. Mancl, and R. Moore. 2020. Water quality trading mechanisms enhances willingness to upgrade rural household septic systems in the western Lake Erie basin, northwest Ohio. Journal of Environmental Health. 82(6):8-15.
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:
Feb 28, 2020
In August of 2018, the Chinese were raising 500