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Lake Erie Take Note: Chippewa Lake Free of Toxic Algae

The green flag continues to fly over Chippewa Lake meaning that it is all clear for swimming and boating. Photo courtesy of the Save the Lake Coalition.

After years of being plagued by toxic algae blooms, Chippewa Lake in Medina County is celebrating almost a full year of being algae-free. It is all the result of applying a new technology to treat toxic algae blooms.

In August 2019, Chippewa Lake became the first lake in the country to experience the impact of the BlueGreen Water Technologies Lake Guard Blue treatment. In just 24 hours, the toxic algae was killed and the lake has been open ever since for swimming and boating.

The top guy is Dr. Waleed Nasser the BlueGreen Water Technologies U.S. Director of Operations.

He contacted the Medina County Park District and talked to the director. He connected with the Save the Lake Coalition—great folks and residents at Chippewa Lake who were trying to clean the lake.

The product is based on a USDA approved algaecide, a small, innovative coating that enables the product to float on the water and time release. The product moves with the current and wind and locks with the floating cyanobacterial algal bloom.

According to Nasser, Chippewa Lake actually is healing itself by defending itself from infections by cyanobacteria. Their technology allows the rest of the organisms in the lake to grow and thrive, and by thriving they also support higher and larger organisms in the lake, making the lake healthy again.

Right now BlueGreen is working on smaller lakes to make a name for themselves and hopes to treat Lake Erie, which is notorious for suffering from severe toxic algal blooms.

Wouldn’t it be great if Chippewa Lake would turn out to be the testing ground for Lake Erie’s survival? How about Lake St. Mary and other Ohio inland lakes?

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