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Part 2 - Possible Solutions to Stop Unnatural Blue Green Algae Growth

Caitlin Espejo

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Here are some possible strategies that can help mitigate and prevent unnatural blue-green algae growth.

Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, is a type of bacteria that can occur naturally in bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds and the ocean. In order to prevent and mitigate blue-green algae blooms, local governments, environmental organizations, and community actions are essential. Communities may contribute to the maintenance of a healthy environment for both locals and visitors by putting into place efficient ways to regulate and avoid blooms. Addressing blue-green algae blooms requires a combination of short-term and long-term solutions.

Lowering Nutrient Pollution:
  • Implementing strategies to lower nutrient inputs into bodies of water is essential. Educating farmers to adopt more regenerative farming practices (what we use at Grow Inn Homes). For example “Chop and dropping” opposed to chemical fertilizer. Also, instead of a highly monocrop system, planting more diversity in the style of Agroforestry. We can also invest time into upgrading our wastewater treatment facilities to efficiently remove nutrients.

Restoring our Wetlands:
  • Wetlands serve as natural filters that trap and absorb surplus nutrients before they enter bodies of water. Restoring our wetlands can offer a buffer zone that can intercept and treat nutrient-rich runoff, lowering nutrient loads and perhaps averting blue-green algal blooms. Establishing vegetated buffer zones can help filter out nutrients, silt, and contaminants before they reach the water. The likelihood of algal blooms can be decreased by properly managing the vegetation in wetlands and surrounding bodies of water. We, Grow Inn Homes, are incorporating native vegetation to our edible landscape around our multifamily properties. We apply the regenerative techniques talked about in Dr. Elaine’s Soil Food Web: https://www.soilfoodweb.com/. Here at Grow Inn Homes, we are all natural.

Helping the Flow:
  • Flushing stagnant areas with water and boosting water circulation can help prevent the growth and persistence of blue-green algae. This can be achieved by changing how water management activities are carried out, for example, by restoring water flows and putting policies in place to maximize tidal exchange in estuaries. It’s important to note that blue-green algae is a complex issue influenced by various factors, and no single solution can entirely eliminate the problem. A comprehensive and integrated approach involving government agencies, local communities, and water resource managers, is essential to effectively address and manage blue-green algae blooms.

You Can Make a Difference Today:

You can make a difference by what products you purchase. You don’t need the “Miracle Grow” and 10x10x10 products to fertilize your plants. We, Grow Inn Homes, are proof of that. Follow us on our journey for more information about natural growing practices. Change happens one person at a time.

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