Israeli water tech company to save Florida’s Lake Okeechobee from ecological disaster
BlueGreen’s Israeli team has developed a unique technological solution called Lake Guard to protect bodies of water like Lake Okeechobee from toxic algal blooms
By ILANIT CHERNICK
Israeli water tech company BlueGreen Water Technologies, which specializes in mitigating harmful algal blooms in bodies of water worldwide, has been called to save Florida’s Lake Okeechobee from an ecological disaster due to the spread of toxic algae.
Concerns have also risen that waterways that flow downstream from Lake Okeechobee could be seriously affected by the algal blooms. This includes dams, man-made canals and streams, which could spread this ecological disaster.
According to BlueGreen Water Technologies CEO Eyal Harel, algal blooms “pose a serious threat, turning lakes and other bodies of water into green sludge unfit for consumption or use.”
In response to the impending crisis, Florida’s Governor Ron de Santis called on the water tech company to intervene.
Lake Okeechobee, is one of the most famous lakes in the US, covers an area of 2,200 square kilometers, which is 13 times the size of the Sea of Galilee. It also serves as a major tourist and place of recreation.
The algae attack, which feeds on fertilizers that have flowed into the lake, has turned its clear waters a thick, brown-gree texture with a pungent odor.
“Contact with water can cause serious illness and is especially dangerous for children and animals,” BlueGreen said in a statement.
The team has since been dispatched to Lake Okeechobee “to prepare for the deployment of an emergency treatment designed to remediate toxic algae originating from Lake Okeechobee from reaching Florida’s waterways.”
Recently, Lake Okeechobee has seen a surge in cyanobacterial blooms, which has disrupted the environment while endangering the health and economy of nearby communities
“Harmful algal blooms have a debilitating effect on our ecosystems and our communities,” DeSantis explained. “That is why, for the first time, I made it a priority to secure dedicated funding to deploy innovative technology to mitigate blue-green algae blooms. I will continue to advocate for better management of Lake Okeechobee and the resources needed to bolster our natural resource protection efforts. Our economy and way of life depend on it.”
BlueGreen’s Israeli team has developed a unique technological solution called Lake Guard, which is delivered from a raft that floats in the water and disperses measured amounts of green matter.
The green matter eliminates the algae and bacterial colonies on them, while preserving the surrounding vegetation, fish and animals. The affected bacteria then transmit “chemical distress signals,” which are absorbed by additional groups of bacteria in the lake and cause them to collapse in a chain reaction.
Harel explained that “this emergency application of the Lake Guard Oxy is aimed to prevent the buildup of cyanobacteria and its proliferation from Lake Okeechobee into Florida’s waterways.” “We applaud Florida, under Gov. DeSantis’ leadership for promoting prevention as the new standard for algae mitigation,” he said.
Adding to this BlueGreen’s vice president Maayan Naveh said the water tech company are very proud to be using and “embedding Israeli technology, which will return the animals to the water and will stop the violent and toxic algae attack that is rapidly worsening.”
BlueGreen’s Head of US Operations Dr. Waleed Nasser stressed that they “are proud to have answered Florida DEP call to prevent algal blooms and protect Floridians.”
“The modular nature of our technologies allows us to be able to respond to any emergency within hours from call,” he said. “Floridians can be proud of our local partners, Modika & Associates, whose commitment to the execution of this highly complex campaign is second to none.”
BlueGreen has branches across the world including in the US, South African and China, among others.
*Featured Image: The BlueGreen Water Technologies team working to save Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. (Photo credit: BlueGreen Water Technologies)