HAB spent the first day of the project preparing equipment for the application. This included assembly of the barge’s application boom, programing the barge’s computerized dosing system, launching the barge into the lake, setting up on-shore storage tanks and confirming the delivery plan for the alum.
We are excited to get the application started in the morning and begin improving water quality and enhancing recreational opportunities for the users of Heart Lake. Unfortunately, the lake has suffered from toxic algal blooms in recent years. These blooms of Cyanobacteria (a.k.a. blue-green algae) can produce toxins and are often found in lakes with high phosphorus concentrations. Human exposure to cyanobacteria can lead to skin irritation, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal symptoms and respiratory problems. Pets and livestock are more likely to drink large quantities of lake water, potentially resulting in illness and/or death. An important goal of the Heart Lake project is to reduce the treat of this public health risk.