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Sludged! with Sierra Club Alabama Chapter
June 2, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Industries and municipalities produce a waste stream that is being spread on farm fields and property across Alabama and touted as “fertilizer”. These sludges are known to have pollutants that harm human health and negatively impact quality of life, water quality, and due to the putrid odor, diminish property values. Julie Lay, an advocate for community-based agriculture, will share information from her research on waste sludge—what she has learned, how it impacts all citizens, and what we can do.
To learn more about Julie and waste sludge in Alabama, watch the 2020 Southern Exposure film, SOILED:
ABOUT JULIE LAY
Julie, a former industrial agriculture employee for roughly 16 years, discovered municipal and industrial wastewater sludge being used as fertilizer on crop land. In 2019, “food-grade fertilizer from a poultry processing plant” as the sludge company described it, was applied near her home. Since then, she resigned from her position and began researching this practice and its implications on soil, water, and air.
Julie Lay holds a BS in Animal Science from Auburn University. She resides in Guntersville Alabama with her wonderful husband and her two sons.