Blue Marsh Lake exams new know-how to assist monitor algae

BERN TWP., Pa. – Nothing spoils lake season like algal blooms within the water, which is why park rangers try out new floating, buoy-like units on Blue Marsh Lake. 

“They assist enhance water high quality over time and have the potential to handle algae — extra importantly for us, dangerous algae — which is the blue-green algae also referred to as cyanobacteria,” mentioned Brianna Treichler, a pure useful resource specialist and park ranger at Blue Marsh Lake. 

Treichler says the machine, referred to as an EMF 1000, produces electromagnetic frequencies to assist oxygen dissolve quicker and forestall algae from increase. There are two of the units at the moment floating within the lake, plus a 3rd machine, an algae tracker, that can assist park rangers accumulate and monitor real-time knowledge. 

“It sort of collects data relating to all of these completely different parameters that assist algae bloom after which additionally measures algae content material throughout the water itself,” Treichler defined. 

All three units are all positioned within the northern part of the lake, which is the place Treichler says the dangerous algae is most typical. 

“Algal blooms are quite common right here,” she mentioned. “They’re an annual prevalence.” 

Park rangers are principally involved with blue-green algae, which in giant blooms can launch toxins, probably making individuals sick and forcing Blue Marsh to close down. 

“We wish to have the ability to present one of the best threat base data to the people who find themselves coming to benefit from the lake,” Treichler mentioned. 

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Treichler says in case you’re out swimming or boating this summer time, do not contact the floating units, as that would throw off the info. Anybody caught tampering with them will probably be cited.