Contnuing the tradition that Lambda Bioremediation Systems, Inc. (“LBSI”) began back in 1986 with a basic formulation for a micro-ecosystem which became the foundation for two consortia – one for soils and one for fresh water (adaptable for salt water applications), today, Alpha Omega continues to use LBSI's (Jo Davison’s) formulations and project designs for cleaning non-radioactive contaminated sites whether soil or water based.
The soil consortium contains nitrogen, phosphate and potassium fixers (stabilizers), microbes that break up clay soils, microbes that produce enzymes and co-enzymes needed by other microbes, extra waste product degraders to break down dead organic matter, microbes that fix (stabilize) required elements for soil fertility, such as iron, sulfur, manganese, etc., and additional nutrients that may be needed.
The water consortium contains additional aquatic organisms that fix (stabilize) nitrogen, phosphates, potassium, sulfates and other base elements that can cause eutrophication (over-enrichment), plus additional diatoms and green algae and protozoan that are food sources for aquatic zooplankton and phytoplankton, as well as microbes that inhibit the growth of blue-green algae and excess filamentous green algae, both of which will deplete oxygen in aquatic systems and kill aquatic life.
The water process can be adapted for use in salt water environments such as estuaries and marine ecosystems by the addition of salt-tolerant microbes and the acclimation of the processes to higher than normal salt content.
Since their inception, these processes have successfully bioremediated disturbed and contaminated soils and biologically “dead” ponds, streams, riverbanks, creeks and lagoons. Alpha Omega often combines phytoremediation and bioremediation by using plants, especially nitrogen-fixing legumes. Acid mine drainage and other waste discharges can be bioremediated in conjunction with the use of wetlands in combination with bioremediation.
ABOUT JO DAVISON
(1935 – 2011)
Jo Davison, before starting Lambda Bioremediation Systems, spent 17 years in the field of environmental sciences and microbiology as an educator, earning dual Masters Degrees in the fields of Education and Environmental Science at West Virginia University. She also studied and tested 70 mine ponds in Ohio, WV, KY and PA as part of her post graduate work at WVU. Jo spent her entire 30+ year career as President and Research Director of LBSI, developing hundreds of formulas and protocols to handle almost any hazardous, non-radioactive situation, including treatment of acid mine drainage, heavy metals contamination such as arsenic, lead, manganese and cadmium, treatment of industrial waste waters, PCBs, oil and industrial waste spills, landfill leachate, degradation of pesticides, chemicals, etc., degradation of cyanide in contaminated soil and water, industrial acid spills, algae pond treatments and other common contaminations of water and land. She also developed a microbial consortium to remove iron, sulfur, manganese, nitrates and aluminum from coal fines, increasing their BTU's in the process, as well as removing the precursors of acid rain. Jo Davison's acid mine drainage technology has been studied as part of the micro-environmental curriculum at West Virginia University.
During her 17 years as an educator, Jo developed environmental micro courses and was a specialist in environmental sciences, microbiology, limnology and wetlands. She had a total of 35 years in the environmental field and co-developed the microbiology curriculum at West Virginia University. She was awarded a lifetime membership in the West Virginia Academy of Science in recognition of her research in this area. She received the prestigious Science Teacher of the Year award ten times during her tenure in West Virginia and the state had designated an annual science award in her name. In addition, she created internship programs at Miami of Ohio University and Otterbien College in Ohio. Jo herself trained interns from such institutions as West Virginia University, Ohio State, Miami University of Ohio, W. Otterbein College, Ohio Wesleyan, Antioch, and Bowling Green. She was a member of the American Society for Microbiology.
Since 1985, Jo worked with such groups as the U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the West Virginia Academy of Science. Jo presented papers to such groups as the U.S. Dept. of Energy Conference in Las Vegas NV, Hazardous Waste Conference in Pensacola, FL and the West Virginia Academy of Science and several West Virginia Annual Surface Mine Drainage Task Force Symposiums. Papers on both the Mahoning River and U.S. Navy Superfund sites were presented on her behalf at the Eighth International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium June 6-9, 2005 in Baltimore, MD, and at numerous national and international conferences on technology transfer of latest research developments in remediation of contaminated subsurface soil, groundwater, and industrial waste.
Her brilliance, her fierce dedication to the field of microbial bioremediation, her love of science and the ability to unravel the secrets of nature – to see the big connection - and her unique sense of humor are sorely missed.