Wallace State Nutrient Recycling Project unveiled by local officials. (l-r) James Graves, Chairman Cullman County Commission; Roy Ball, retired Wallace State Agriculture production/Horticulture Department head, James Fields, Alabama House District 12 Rep.; Elaine Cole, Cullman County Coordinator ACES; Dr. Philip Cleveland, Wallace State Dean of Technical Education, Dr. Vicki Hawsey, President Wallace State; Murray Griffin, Natural Resources Conservation Service; Robert Harbison, Cullman County SWCD; Renona Seibert, Projects Manager AMRV RC&D; Martha Netherton, Wallace State Ag Production/Horticulture Department head; Jeremy Oden Alabama House District 11 Rep.; Max Townsend, Cullman Mayor; Doug Williams; Eastside Road Commissioner; Tim Scott, Cullman County SWCD Project Coordinator and Fred Cespedes, American Proteins.
by Johnny Grantham, District Promotional Rep, Cullman County SWCD, Cullman, AL
Wallace State Community College in Hanceville unveiled its new nutrient recycling project located at the school’s Agricultural Production/Horticulture facility.
Major sponsors of the project are the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Alabama Mountains, Rivers and Valleys (AMRV) RC&D, Cullman County SWCD/NRCS, Cullman County Commission-East Side Road Department, City of Cullman, and American Proteins.
AMRV RC&D, SWCD, and ACES provided grant money and project oversight. NRCS provided engineering and design. American Proteins provided pond liner and instillation. East Side Road Department provided excavation and dirt work.
The project is designed to collect excess run-off water and nutrients from the elevated plant beds used to grow seedlings. Approximately 8,000 gallons of water per day is used during growing season. Collecting the run-off water and nutrients saves the cost of additional fertilizer and about 3,000 gallons of water per day during growing season. The project will also provide a backup source of water for the plants in case of a disruption in the normal water supply. The project also captures the nutrient enriched runoff before it enters local streams.
The project is designed to teach water and nutrient testing.