Harmful Algal Bloom Management
Did you know…?
Approximately 44,200 million gallons per day of water is withdrawn for public supply with 66 percent of that coming from surface-water sources.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can create severe issues in fresh water, including toxin production, taste and odor production, interference with recreational activities, adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems, and declines in property values. As a result, beneficial uses of water resources may be limited or completely restricted. Aquatic Control designs site-specific management plans to proactively control growth of HABs, help water resource managers consistently meet their management goals, and maintain or regain the value and various uses of water resources. Especially in municipal surface waters, there are numerous benefits of controlling densities of HABs in source waters. Aquatic Control can manage concentrations of toxins and taste and odor compounds at the source, resulting in less pressure on treatment plants and less reliance on secondary water supplies. Our custom HAB management plans are designed based on site-specific management goals, with designated uses of the water resource in mind. We work with each client to identify problematic algal species present, characterize the spatial and temporal dynamics of the bloom at the site, and develop an effective management strategy using EPA registered algaecides. Several EPA registered algaecides are also certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for use in potable water sources. Contact us to get started on your harmful algal bloom management plan today.
Several of our successful municipal water supply projects are summarized in the following case studies and journal publications: