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The Chesapeake Algae Project 2

Today I received my newsletter from the algaeindustrymagazine.com with this report:

The Chesapeake Algae Project brings together W&M scientists and their partners to figure out how to use algae to generate bio fuel while cleaning polluted waters...

And could watch the video clip of all the efforts being made to re-establish a eutrophied lake. After having watched this, seeing all the earnest and engaged scientists and experts I had to smile a little bit remembering the German saying. -Viele Koeche verderben den Brei-  which means when you translate it - Too many cooks will spoil the dinner.

What is it this people want to achieve? Turn a lake into an algae pond or do they want the lake back as it was, a healthy water with all aquatic live in a natural balance ?

If they start harvesting the algae from the lake to make a business out of the biomasses (this is said to be the goal), than they have to keep the algae growing or the productivity will decrease throughout this process, - meaning they have to keep on fertilizing the waters. Not all the fishes in this waters will feed on algae, meaning you can count on a loss in biodiversity. The way they are harvesting the algae, - and I can see no other way to do it either, - is skimming of the algae with some sort of sieve or screen but with this method you will also remove all kinds of phytoplankton and zooplankton which results in even more loss of species and in destroying the natural habitat even more.A clear statement in this video clip was made that all the efforts to clean this lake should be made economical feasible?- in my understanding this means Good by lake, youll become now a huge algae breeding pond.

This is the most complicated attempt to clean a polluted lake and the final gaol is not to bring back the natural balance, but to trim it for productivity by mono culturing.

?We help nature to help us? this is what Mr. Sampath Kumar, the inventor of NUALGI once wrote to me. And Mr. Bhaskar (a member of this community!), who stands for the marketing of NUALGI will be able to confirm this -  there is a simple but very effective way to clean up such waters that are so heavily eutrophied and to restore the natural balance ? simply use diatoms! Inspired by the ingenious invention I have made a presentation to demonstrate the astonishing simple method to clean up with algae bloom and eutrophication:

 http://www.behance.net/gallery/DIATOM/632929

I am the last one who is against the use of algae biomasses for economical use of all kind, - even for bio fuel, but such a production should only be in a controllable environment and not in natural waters. For gods sake, - leave nature alone. We have exploited already too much of it, destroyed and polluted we should care for the rest we still have. If this Chesapeake Algae Project serves as an example of how to use natural waters for the production of algae biomasses, others will come to do it likewise. All with the argument that it is an economical way to produce environmental friendly BIO FUEL, - and than good night to natural lakes. It is so much cheaper to fertilize a lake causing artificial algae bloom, than skimming off the algae (and with it all other form of plankton) than having to run an open pond system or even a photo bio reactor. It is like burning down rainforest to plant oil-palms, sugar cane or jatropa nuts, - its nuts!

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Wed September 29 2010 10:59:43 AM by AlgaeNova natural lakes  |  Waste Water  |  diatom  |  alge bloom  |  Chesapeake Algae project 1833 views
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