Here’s the difference between red tide and blue-green algae.
A new tool will soon be deployed in Florida in an attempt to eliminate blue-green algae in freshwater systems.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Everglades Wetland Research Park in Naples received a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to introduce buoys equipped with sonic technology meant to kill harmful cyanobacteria.
“An ultrasonic wave goes through the water and disturbs algal cells, especially some of the blue-green algae,” said Bill Mitsch, director of the research park. “(The algae) thereby loses its ability to stay in the water column and drops to bottom of the lake.”
The Everglades Wetland Research Park will deploy the MPC buoy system in Naples. The solar-powered buoys will be tethered in nine lakes throughout the Treviso Bay Naples community. (Photo: Greg Eiffert)
Mitsch and his team at the research park will set out nine