Satellite Images Show Threat of Florida’s Toxic Algal Bloom

Florida’s Lake Okeechobee algal blooms are even higher this summer causing many significant problems for local residents.

    The Scale of the Problem in Lake Okeechobee

    Florida’s Lake Okeechobee is experiencing a massive algal bloom that threatens waterways throughout the entire state. This enormous algal bloom in Florida’s largest freshwater lake could cause many grave issues within the local ecosystem, and far beyond it. A torrent of harmful algal blooms (HAB) can cause sudden and long-lasting damage not only to one marine ecosystem, but multiple as the HAB flows on. Lasting damage is happening now in Lake Okeechobee. Remote sensing images from the Dutch water treatment company LG Sonic, obtained from satellite data, show in detail the algae levels in the lake:

    Lake Okeechobee algal bloom

     

    Each year Lake Okeechobee in Florida is experiencing algal blooms throughout the summer. This year, the algae levels are even higher and causing lots of problems to the environment and local residents. In numerous counties such as Lee, Hendry and Glades a state of emergency has been declared.

    Enduring Solutions to Harmful Algal Blooms

    LG Sonic uses this technology based on satellite remote sensing, water quality monitoring and ultrasound technology to control algal blooms in large water bodies. A chemical-free solution that is green and sustainable. LG Sonic’s treatment is the solution to treat HAB in large waterways such as lakes, dams and reservoirs. Without using chemicals, and without affecting other organisms in the lake such as plants and fish. It is clean and safe, used by premiere top-level water utilities. We’re particularly pleased at this time to be an official certified innovation partner of American Water.

    Our solution, called the MPC-Buoy, uses real-time water quality monitoring and remote sensing to analyze present algae and predict algal blooms. Based on this info, ultrasound is used to control algae specifically without harming other organisms. This is crucial as we must shift to a more sustainable approach to HAB treatment – one that shifts away from the use of harmful chemicals to new tech.

    “LG Sonic technology restores the balance of the ecosystem. Because of the reduced algae, water clarity will increase which results in increased oxygen levels and a better environment for fish and plants to grow. This way, the LG Sonic treatment is a long-term solution for a healthy ecosystem”.

     

    The solution has been used at lakes and reservoirs around the world. It and has proven to control algal blooms and their associated toxins, in many cases completely replacing the need to chemically treat the lake or reservoir. LG Sonic is running MPC-Buoy projects with top-level water utilities such as American Water (US), EPM (Colombia), South West Water (UK) and Watercare (New-Zealand).

    A lake in the United Kingdom before (left) and after (right) LG Sonic treatment.

    Solving Algae Problems in Florida

    At LG Sonic we hear regularly from concerned citizens in Florida regarding algal blooms. Locals, conservation activists, and other stakeholders reach out to us anguished by the lack of progress being made here. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce LG Sonic is looking for partners in government departments and private businesses. If you’re ready to make real inroads here in addressing the algae problems in Florida, LG Sonic is ready to partner with you in delivering a solution.

     

     

    About LG Sonic

    LG Sonic, certified innovation partner of American Water, is a leading international manufacturer of innovative water treatment systems. LG Sonic products provide an environmentally friendly solution to effectively control algae in large water surfaces such as lakes and reservoirs. With its international distributor network, more than 10,000 LG Sonic products have been successfully installed in over 50 different countries.

      • Coordinator of several European FP7 projects: ClearWater PMPC and Dronic
      • Official Innovation Partner of American Water, U.S. largest water utility
      • Winner of several innovation awards: Aquatech Innovation Award (2015), Global TAG excellence award (2015), WssTP Water Innovation Award (2014)

    Contact information

    • LG Sonic B.V.
    • Radonstraat 10
    • 2718 TA Zoetermeer
    • The Netherlands