Presenter: Noel Aloysius, University of Missouri
“The problems of sustainability are global, but the solutions are local,” Aloysius said. “The Grand River basin receives 40 inches of rainfall per year. About 30 percent of the rainfall is run-off and carries nutrients. The key question for the Mississippi River watershed is how much adoption is needed to achieve nutrient reduction goals.”
Noel Aloysius is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioengineering and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. He completed his PhD at Yale University, MS at the University of North Dakota and a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. His research seeks to uncover how key drivers and mechanisms, both natural and anthropogenic, affect water and nutrient flow pathways and predict their behavior under environmental change. His current research projects include estimating conservation measures needed to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus losses from non-point sources in the Mississippi River Basin.
The Grand River conference was organized by St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) and hosted by Smithfield Foods at their regional office in Princeton, Missouri on May 17, 2018. RAE is in engaged in a large project to capture methane from hog manure at Smithfield’s nine northern Missouri farms and convert it to renewable natural gas using anaerobic digestion systems.
“Through this initiative, multiple partners are coming together to improve the local landscape and waterways,” said Rudi Roeslein, President and Founder of Roeslein Alternative Energy. “Together, we’re creating a pathway that works; a market-based solution around nutrient losses, water quality, and clean air.”