TerraStryke ERDenhanced - Environmental Bioremediation Products
TerraStryke Erdenhanced will: Provide decades (yes decades!!) of reducing conditions after a single deployment program, eliminating multiple deployment events, and maximizing your remediation dollar. Enhance the realization of complete biotransformation, with no stall and/or adverse vapor contaminants. Expedite the solubilization of residual (sorbed) source mass, enhancing contaminant bioavailability while minimizing site impacts, allowing for redevelopment concurrent with remediation. Increase subsurface distribution capabilities, decreasing site time and project costs. Expedite the realization of 2-3 order-of-magnitude reductions in contaminant mass in months, not years.
ERDenhanced will save a decade on remediation timeframes and hundreds of thousands in remediation costs!! Save money and minimize impacts while sequestering Greenhouse Gases.
There are many types of soil and groundwater remediation strategies and technologies to choose from – dig-and-dump, to burn-it, and all in-between. Frankly, very few, if any, of these technologies are processes Mother Nature would choose in terms of sustainability, effectiveness, and/or efficiencies.? ?In terms of the remediation of contaminated soil the fastest, but not always most effective, the method is excavation/removal and off-site transportation of the contaminated soils. The theory being remove the source and hopefully, all the residual mass below and proximate to the edges. In terms of groundwater, pump & treat has ruled the roof for over 25 years; but over the last 10-years, biostimulation is proving more and more effective. Not because the bugs are ‘smarter,’ more likely it’s because we as humans have gotten better at characterizing site concerns and deploying potential solutions.
Environmental biostimulation enhances the natural conditions of a site to allow the remediation of contaminated soil and/or groundwater to be treated on-site, in-place with minimal impacts and visuals such that, at times, no one will ever know. Traditional wisdom has bioremediation as a process which generally takes longer and one which will never achieve compliance versus old-school, man-knows-best, physical/chemical strategies. This is, as noted above, in part due to the variabilities in the subsurface, potential treatment zone(s), and aboveground access, all factors rendering bioremediation a strategy with less consistency and certainty. All viable concerns, mind you; however, the benefits and long-term performance of TerraStryke additives demonstrates biostimulation as the ‘new-age’ of bioremediation. What we offer is an entirely new approach to remediating contaminated sites – a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective way, the way Nature intended.
Before jumping into a discussion about this ‘new-age’ and the benefits of using Terrastyke, you must first understand how we work. ? ?We believe there is much more to bioremediation than simply adding Oxygen, or other amendments, in the hopes to make microbes grow, multiply and in turn, utilize the organic molecules (contaminants) present. The general thinking being, the more ‘bugs,’ the more workers, and subsequently, the greater the rate of performance. But there is more to sustainable performance than simply increasing microbial populations, for as we realize an increase in beneficial microbials, we also may realize an increase in non-beneficial populations which in turn, can stall beneficial performance. TerraStryke’s biostimulation additives, with their patented composition of nutrients, carbohydrates, and/or carbon, allow for the establishment of environmental conditions within the subsurface that allows for superior microbial performance, and ultimately, maximum contaminant degradation the way nature intended. By enhancing their conditions, the consortium of bacteria present are able to build ‘safe-houses’, collectively evaluate their surroundings, take a census of who is around them, and depending on the environmental stress (organic contaminants) present, harmonize their behaviours to most effectively exploit the energy (stress) present. i.e. destroy contaminants collectively.
These structures, or biofilms, are established by healthy microbial communities within the subsurface, enveloping the impacted matrix itself, while providing protection from predation and harsh conditions at the same time. It is within these structures microbial populations can collectively identify and perform tasks as a community, not individuals, to provide, obtain and exploit energy by and for the community as a whole: the consortium, not just the individual.
Once established, biofilm-protected communities are able to ‘share’ environmental information and communicate with ‘pheromone-like’ chemical languages and share genetic material to effectively harmonize function to allow the group to perform tasks collectively; effectively achieving levels of performance as a group which, as individuals, would have never been realized.
In terms of application, our products are delivered to each site dry for ease of storage and lowering of transportation costs. At the time of deployment simply blend with available on-site water for typical deployment as a 10-12% solution. By maintaining minimum viscosity to maximize fluidity allows for greater distribution within the subsurface treatment zone. As a result, injection nodes can be placed at greater distances, reducing overall site needs and costs and, where deployed capillary action allows for greater permeability in low-perm matrices.? ?With greater subsurface distribution capabilities comes greater ‘contact’ between additive and microbial groups and as a result, greater performance with less effort. ? ?Our products enhance anaerobic conditions at sites contaminated with chlorinated volatile organic solvents (cVOCs) and petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) to realize the greatest rates of contaminant destruction available, sustainably and cost-effectively utilizing four billion years of experience. We don’t trap, we don’t linger, we destroy.
While we do have a comprehensive list of benefits, we are most proud that our products work! They are sustainable and cost-effective at facilitating the organic remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds in soils and groundwater.
By leveraging and enhancing that what Mother Nature needs, together we can simply, affordably and effectively destroy site contaminants in soils and groundwater.
That is what sets us apart from the rest.
Our products leverage aspects of Mother Nature, and the fascinating processes microbial populations perform every second of every day for the last 4-billion years, not yet tapped by current industry strategies.
Ours is a strategy that addresses the needs of nature, the community and the individuals holistically, trusting in Her experience. Our process doesn’t go against the grain of current conventional wisdom; rather, we’ve gone outside the box to provide the environment and microbes what they need to evolve and perform to a level of efficiency previous though unattainable.
While other technologies struggle to create artificial environments with expensive equipment and chemical/heat treatments which are generally ‘harsh’ and counter productive to nature’s way, our biostimulants are proven to enhance the natural environment. With TerraStryke ERDenhanced™ and TerraStryke TPHenhanced™, native bacteria flourish and destroy contamination efficiently, sustainably, quickly, and cost-effectively.
Our products allow consortiums of native bacteria to work together, not as individuals, but as a functioning group sharing a group behavior(s) selected for by the environmental stress presented. The combination of that stress (presence of organic contaminants) and the components found in our additives, allows the individual to begin functioning as a group, sustainably performing tasks they could never have accomplished as individuals at the rates never before experienced.
Yes, microbes talk, share, and recruit – and our products help them.
- In terms of practive, the viscosity of our products is thin, and more importantly, not subject to temperature variabilities i.e. it stays thin regardless of temperature. Because of this, we maximize the subsurface distribution of our products to allow maximum effectiveness while employing a minimal amount of site work.
- Our products are shipped dry in easy to manage 33-lb bags. This dramatically reduces additional shipping costs, especially for water since that is expensive to ship and we suspect there is some on-site.
- Our products are non-regulated making handling, storage and use simple and safe.
- Use of our products generates little to no secondary impacts post deployment.
- Application focusses on treatment of source zone/smear zone contaminants to destroy the contributing mass; effectively enhancing monitored natural attenuation.
- Our products naturally destroy site contaminants, and due to the ability to expedite solubilization of residual source mass, we get the rebound out upfront!
- Our products represent a safe, low-cost, low-impact solution to your environmental management concerns; and due to our sustainability, our products are ideal for remote/recalcitrant sites.
- Our products expedite the realization of long-term remediation objectives, and represent a proven,
cost-effective, and sustainable strategy to meet your environmental management concerns.