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Burlington piloting algae-bloom mitigation technology

Observer courtesy photo Due to significant algae blooms in Lake Champlain this summer, the city is working with EcoSolutions LLC to try two new technologies to mitigate the problem.
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Due to significant algae blooms in Lake Champlain this summer, the city is working with EcoSolutions LLC to try two new technologies to mitigate the problem.

By Morgan True

For Vermont Digger

Following a summer that saw many beach closures resulting from algae blooms in Lake Champlain, the city is allowing a private company to pilot its technology for algae mitigation at North Beach and Perkins Pier.

Westford-based EcoSolutions LLC is using two technologies to try and reduce algae blooms. The first is a biological process that “out competes” algae in freshwater, and the second removes phosphorus and nitrogen, chemicals that allow algae to bloom, according to a news release from the city.

The new technologies, installed last month, are being deployed at the north end of the public section of North Beach using a 200-foot line of interconnected buoys. At Perkins Pier, the technologies are being deployed from a “floating wetland” directly in front of the boat house.

The floating portion of the pilot technology will serve as an educational feature, allowing the public to view the technologies and the results.

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