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 Specialist (Bernie Ruppert) for ensuring our company Safety Plan is enforced and followed on all of our projects. This level of detail and dedication is critical to successful applications.
White Lake is a unique and interesting lake and required HAB’s full range of project experiences and lake science expertise. The water quality of the lake had declined and the lake was in an out-of-balance state by April. The key nutrient for algal growth (phosphorus) had increased by 8-10 times. There was a large algal bloom creating toxic conditions (high pH and associated conditions) and an ongoing fish kill that began in late April, prior to the beginning of HAB’s alum project. HAB had the privilege of working with the State of North Carolina and the Town of White Lake to determine that the alum project was proceeding safely and determining the other causes of fish mortality.
The alum application has already significantly reduced the algal bloom, eliminated the toxic water conditions and the fish kill event stopped. Water clarity is increasing and will continue to do so as the lake responds to the new lower phosphorus conditions. The Town of White Lake has made impressive additional commitments to the long-term protection of the lake and has numerous scientific studies underway or planned. The value of this resource is high and well-recognized.
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