Visual Improvements

Thanks to White Lake resident for sharing these aerial photos showing the dramatic improvement in water clarity at White Lake!  The first photo was taken during bloom conditions last fall.  The same bloom conditions were present this spring immediately prior to the alum application.  The second one was taken six days after the application was…

Project Complete!

Today (Wednesday) the White Lake alum application project was completed!  As planned, the exact dose of alum and buffer were applied in a precise, uniform…and most importantly…safe manner.  There is no greater measure of success than safety and White Lake marks HAB’s 72nd project without a safety incident.  A special thanks to HAB’s Alum Transfer…

White Lake Press Release

White Lake Water Quality Update Lake safe for swimming, all other public use; State confirms alum unrelated to fish kill; Treatment to reduce algal blooms completed FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Mike McGill, for the Town of White Lake (910) 622-8472 mike@WaterPIO.com WHITE LAKE, NC (May 15, 2018):  Ahead of this week’s 40thAnniversary White Lake Water…

85% Complete!

Good Morning White Lake!  After working through a few days of warm and humid weather, HAB was welcomed by a cooler and overcast morning.  Our productivity remains high and we have now completed 85% of the project.  We are on-schedule to finish the application sometime tomorrow (Wednesday).  Detailed daily monitoring of the lake continues to…

Excited to be Back to Work!

HAB has resumed the application of alum to White Lake!  As discussed earlier, White Lake had become a lake out of balance in recent years with algae blooms and regular reports of dead fish.  This year a fish kill started well before the alum application began.  Although the water conditions during the application remained well…

For Immediate Release – May 8, 2018

From the Town of White Lake: White Lake has experienced algae blooms in recent years, and the Town of White Lake has been working to identify why the changes have occurred and what can be done to improve the health of this unique resource that is a critical part of our community and our regional…

From: Goldston Womble, Mayor, Town of White Lake

The Town of White Lake was notified by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that the alum application project at White Lake has been temporarily suspended. The presence of dead fish in the lake was reported to the State on Thursday, May 3rd and State staff visited the lake today, May 7th. Their…

Pinto Lake, California 

Today HAB enjoyed calm winds and worked throughout the day to apply over 20,000 gallons of alum and buffer to White Lake. The operation remains on schedule and we are nearing the half way point of the project. We continue to enjoy some incredible hospitality… which included a full, homemade ham dinner to take back…

Environmental Testing

HAB’s productivity remained high today as we applied over 20,000 gallons of alum and buffer to White Lake. We also spent time conducting our daily environmental testing of the lake water. Alum is widely used in lakes and the drinking/wastewater treatment industry due to its known safety. In fact, an important consideration in selecting an…

Sharing the Lake!

Today was a unique and exciting experience for a HAB. We have certainly not ever had paratroopers landing in the lake during any of our previous alum application projects! It was a privilege to share the lake with these specialized and highly-trained troops on an exercise from nearby Fort Bragg. They launched their rescue boats…

The Application Begins!

Today the pre-project water testing was conducted and HAB began applying the alum and buffer by late morning.  The project is off to a smooth start as we simultaneously applied over 9,000 gallons of alum and over 4,000 gallons of buffer to a 62-acre portion of White Lake.  We had numerous community and agency visitors…

Mobilization

HAB spent the first day of the White Lake project preparing equipment for the application.  This included assembly of the barge’s application boom, programing the barge’s computerized dosing system, launching the barge into the lake, setting up on-shore storage tanks and confirming the delivery plan for the alum and buffer.  A small restricted work area…