Baxter's Partnership With Local Nursery to Yield Environmental Benefits

Baxter's Treated Wastewater to Irrigate Nursery Stock



Jul 18, 2002, 01:00 ET from Baxter Healthcare Corporation

    ROUND LAKE, Ill., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Baxter Healthcare Corporation
 and Synnestvedt Company's nursery division have announced the launch of a
 novel water reclamation project that will beneficially reuse treated
 wastewater at Baxter's Round Lake, Ill., campus.  The project, a first-of-its
 kind in Illinois, involves Baxter leasing approximately 185 acres of land to
 Synnestvedt for the planting of nursery stock, which will be irrigated with
 Baxter's treated wastewater.
     The companies launched the project today at a tree planting ceremony held
 at Baxter's Round Lake campus.  Attendees included local residents, Lake
 County Board Member Bonnie Thomson Carter, Illinois Environmental Protection
 Agency (IEPA) Director Renee Cipriano, Illinois State Senator Bill Peterson
 and Illinois State Representative Mark Beaubian and other public officials.
     Area residents challenged Baxter last year to identify solutions that
 would allow it to discontinue the discharge of its treated wastewater through
 a local tributary into Long Lake, a 340-acre residential and recreational body
 of water. Baxter evaluated options that would not only allow it to discontinue
 its discharge to Long Lake, but provide for a broader community and
 environmental benefit.
     "This is a good example of how open dialogue and collaboration between
 local residents and business can result in significant benefits for the
 community and, in this case, the environment as well," said Lake County Board
 Member Bonnie Thomson Carter, a strong advocate and participant in the water
 reclamation project.
     This project is unusual in a number of respects.  For example:
     -- The nursery will use fully treated wastewater, which will be applied to
        ensure absorption by trees or soil thereby protecting against runoff.
     -- During winter months when conditions are not suitable for irrigation
        the water will be retained in a storage pond for reuse.
     -- In supporting the growth of trees and shrubs, the project allows for
        increased absorption of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, and
        contributes to the company's efforts to limit global climate change.
     -- It will keep water in the watershed by beneficially reusing water in
        the irrigation of nursery stock.  At the same time, it will reduce the
        amount of water that is removed from the local aquifer by replacing the
        well water the nursery uses for irrigation with the treated wastewater
        discharge from Baxter.
     -- The project will allow Baxter the flexibility to maintain whatever
        level of discharge necessary to support wetland habitats downstream of
        the company's Round Lake facility.
 
     "I commend Baxter and the Long Lake community for identifying and working
 toward common environmental objectives," said Rene Cipriano, director of the
 IEPA.  "The goals were aggressive, and the result truly innovative as it
 relates to water conservation.  I hope this will inspire similar community and
 business partnerships focused on the preservation of natural resources."
     In a parallel project, Baxter is partnering with Lake County Board Member
 Carter and representatives from the Long Lake Improvement and Sanitation
 Association, the Lake County Health Department, Stormwater Management
 Commission and Public Works to conduct a watershed analysis of Long Lake.
 This assessment will identify and quantify the impact of the many sources
 across the hundreds of acres of watershed that drain into Long Lake and
 recommend plans for improving the quality of the lake water.  The analysis is
 scheduled to be completed this summer.
     This same team of experts also served as an advisory board to Baxter in
 evaluating options for discontinuing its treated wastewater discharge to a
 tributary to Long Lake.  The team supported the water reclamation option, in
 addition to other approaches underway that would allow Baxter to further
 conserve water and increase the current level of treatment.   As of the end of
 May 2002, water conservation efforts at Baxter's Round Lake campus resulted in
 a 40 percent decrease in its wastewater discharge -- going from about 240,000
 gallons at the beginning of 2001 to about 170,000 gallons this summer.
 Moreover, treatment process improvements have decreased the company's use of
 one treatment chemical, chlorine, by nearly 60 percent.
     "We are grateful to the Long Lake residents for strongly encouraging us to
 think outside the box about how we can better leverage our water as a
 resource, not a waste," said Joe Wolfsberger, vice president of environment,
 health and safety for many of Baxter's facilities.  "I believe the results
 exceeded everyone's expectation about what we could accomplish working
 together for the benefit of the environment and the community."
     Baxter's Round Lake campus includes 2,000 team members in various
 research, development and manufacturing positions.  It has achieved ISO 14001
 certification for environmental management systems and has earned several
 awards, including an Industrial Achievement Award from the Illinois
 Association of Water Pollution Control operators
     Baxter Healthcare Corporation is the principal domestic operating
 subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:   BAX), a global health care
 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides critical therapies for people
 with life-threatening conditions. Baxter's bioscience, medication delivery and
 renal products and services are used to treat patients with some of the most
 challenging medical conditions, including cancer, hemophilia, immune
 deficiencies, infectious diseases, kidney disease and trauma.
 
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SOURCE Baxter Healthcare Corporation
    ROUND LAKE, Ill., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Baxter Healthcare Corporation
 and Synnestvedt Company's nursery division have announced the launch of a
 novel water reclamation project that will beneficially reuse treated
 wastewater at Baxter's Round Lake, Ill., campus.  The project, a first-of-its
 kind in Illinois, involves Baxter leasing approximately 185 acres of land to
 Synnestvedt for the planting of nursery stock, which will be irrigated with
 Baxter's treated wastewater.
     The companies launched the project today at a tree planting ceremony held
 at Baxter's Round Lake campus.  Attendees included local residents, Lake
 County Board Member Bonnie Thomson Carter, Illinois Environmental Protection
 Agency (IEPA) Director Renee Cipriano, Illinois State Senator Bill Peterson
 and Illinois State Representative Mark Beaubian and other public officials.
     Area residents challenged Baxter last year to identify solutions that
 would allow it to discontinue the discharge of its treated wastewater through
 a local tributary into Long Lake, a 340-acre residential and recreational body
 of water. Baxter evaluated options that would not only allow it to discontinue
 its discharge to Long Lake, but provide for a broader community and
 environmental benefit.
     "This is a good example of how open dialogue and collaboration between
 local residents and business can result in significant benefits for the
 community and, in this case, the environment as well," said Lake County Board
 Member Bonnie Thomson Carter, a strong advocate and participant in the water
 reclamation project.
     This project is unusual in a number of respects.  For example:
     -- The nursery will use fully treated wastewater, which will be applied to
        ensure absorption by trees or soil thereby protecting against runoff.
     -- During winter months when conditions are not suitable for irrigation
        the water will be retained in a storage pond for reuse.
     -- In supporting the growth of trees and shrubs, the project allows for
        increased absorption of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, and
        contributes to the company's efforts to limit global climate change.
     -- It will keep water in the watershed by beneficially reusing water in
        the irrigation of nursery stock.  At the same time, it will reduce the
        amount of water that is removed from the local aquifer by replacing the
        well water the nursery uses for irrigation with the treated wastewater
        discharge from Baxter.
     -- The project will allow Baxter the flexibility to maintain whatever
        level of discharge necessary to support wetland habitats downstream of
        the company's Round Lake facility.
 
     "I commend Baxter and the Long Lake community for identifying and working
 toward common environmental objectives," said Rene Cipriano, director of the
 IEPA.  "The goals were aggressive, and the result truly innovative as it
 relates to water conservation.  I hope this will inspire similar community and
 business partnerships focused on the preservation of natural resources."
     In a parallel project, Baxter is partnering with Lake County Board Member
 Carter and representatives from the Long Lake Improvement and Sanitation
 Association, the Lake County Health Department, Stormwater Management
 Commission and Public Works to conduct a watershed analysis of Long Lake.
 This assessment will identify and quantify the impact of the many sources
 across the hundreds of acres of watershed that drain into Long Lake and
 recommend plans for improving the quality of the lake water.  The analysis is
 scheduled to be completed this summer.
     This same team of experts also served as an advisory board to Baxter in
 evaluating options for discontinuing its treated wastewater discharge to a
 tributary to Long Lake.  The team supported the water reclamation option, in
 addition to other approaches underway that would allow Baxter to further
 conserve water and increase the current level of treatment.   As of the end of
 May 2002, water conservation efforts at Baxter's Round Lake campus resulted in
 a 40 percent decrease in its wastewater discharge -- going from about 240,000
 gallons at the beginning of 2001 to about 170,000 gallons this summer.
 Moreover, treatment process improvements have decreased the company's use of
 one treatment chemical, chlorine, by nearly 60 percent.
     "We are grateful to the Long Lake residents for strongly encouraging us to
 think outside the box about how we can better leverage our water as a
 resource, not a waste," said Joe Wolfsberger, vice president of environment,
 health and safety for many of Baxter's facilities.  "I believe the results
 exceeded everyone's expectation about what we could accomplish working
 together for the benefit of the environment and the community."
     Baxter's Round Lake campus includes 2,000 team members in various
 research, development and manufacturing positions.  It has achieved ISO 14001
 certification for environmental management systems and has earned several
 awards, including an Industrial Achievement Award from the Illinois
 Association of Water Pollution Control operators
     Baxter Healthcare Corporation is the principal domestic operating
 subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:   BAX), a global health care
 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides critical therapies for people
 with life-threatening conditions. Baxter's bioscience, medication delivery and
 renal products and services are used to treat patients with some of the most
 challenging medical conditions, including cancer, hemophilia, immune
 deficiencies, infectious diseases, kidney disease and trauma.
 
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