COLUMBUS, OH., 27 July, 2010—Battelle has been contracted by the Grand Lake Restoration Commission to act as an independent reviewer of work done by Wright State University-Lake Campus in tackling the blue-green algae problem at Grand Lake St. Mary’s. The scope of the contract calls for Battelle to review the assessment of restoration alternatives that are being evaluated this summer in a small portion of the lake including the potential of these technologies for other areas of the lake.
For decades, the Celina, Ohio-area lake has been a valued recreational destination for residents as well as thousands of tourists who generate revenues of more than $200 million per year. However, this year, because a buildup of algae toxins has effectively closed down all recreational activities at the lake, these benefits are at dire risk.
The Grand Lake Restoration Commission, a grassroots nonprofit, has raised $500,000 in private donations during the last six months to address the algae problems in the lake. These donations have been used to purchase special equipment that could significantly reduce the algae problem.
Tests on a small portion of the lake this summer by Wright State could provide a wider use of the equipment. Sampling, analysis and monitoring of critical physical, chemical and biological properties of the lake will be undertaken by Wright State. Battelle will assess the data obtained during the testing to help determine if it will be useful for possible large scale application at the lake.
“Battelle brings valuable environmental expertise and assessment services to the demonstration program that will be critical for any scale-up of the equipment used in the demonstration program,” said Jared Ebbing of the Restoration Commission. “We are looking forward to working closely with Battelle to help bring the lake back to its full potential as a valued recreational resource.”
Henry Pate, a Research Scientist and Project Manager for Battelle’s Florida Materials Research Facility, said Battelle is ready to help. “Battelle has been reviewing a considerable amount of information on GLSM to prepare for working with the Restoration Commission, and that review included assessing the viability of several restoration alternatives that have not been fully considered to date,” he said. “We are looking forward to sorting out the potential application of these alternatives as we move forward with the testing at the lake.”
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