Aquatechnex Opens Montana Office

Noxon Reservoir Eurasian Milfoil Treatment

Aquatechnex has expanded operations into the State of Montana starting May 1, 2021.

Montana water ways have been plagued by invasive aquatic weeds such as Eurasian Milfoil and are starting to see episodes of Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB).  Aquatechnex biologists are expert in developing and implementing management programs to restore lakes and river systems impacted by these water quality issues.

Montana Eurasian Milfoil and Montana Flowering Rush infestations can be controlled by programs we develop.  Our team has successfully removed Eurasian Milfoil from plots in the Clark Fork River using ProcellaCOR herbicide technology.  This work was performed in the summer of 2019, and evaluation by the State of Montana in the summer of 2020 found that no milfoil remained in these treatment plots.  This technology is available only through Pro Certified Applicators approved by SePRO Corporation.  More information can be found at https://sepro.com/aquatics/procellacor-product

Many lakes in Montana are experiencing toxic HAB conditions, a map of those waterbodies that have or are experiencing toxic events can be viewed at https://mtdphhs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e8ac7302f8cd4d778461d422492a9d7f

Montana Toxic Algae Blooms can be mitigated in a number of ways by our team.  We have application technologies that will remove the threat.  We also have programs that utilize phosphorus precipitation such as Phoslock to mitigate phosphorus pollution that drives these blooms.

Our team can be reached at 406-633-0143

Nanobubbles for Lake Restoration and Algae Management

For decades we have known that providing dissolved oxygen to the lower layer of lakes can improve water quality.  Lakes can stratify thermally in the spring and summer months isolating the lower layer from the atmosphere.  When that happens, aerobic bacteria can consume the dissolved oxygen that is trapped there in short order and that causes a number of chemical and biological changes to occur.  The primary method of solving this problem has been aeration.

In the last year Nanobubble generators have burst onto the scene.  These systems pump water from the lake into the generator and return water laced with Nanobubbles to the lake.  Nanobubbles are extremely small and negatively buoyant.  About 2,000 of them are smaller than a grain of sand.  These bubbles disperse through the lake.  As they “bump” into organic material, they attach and burst delivering oxygen.  This action will also cause a hydroxyl radical to form and that chemistry can oxidize algae cells and the toxins they may produce.  This can provide 24/7 algae control and over time supplement other lake management activities.

Nanobubble Algae Management Study at ASU

Another unique feature of this type of control is that you can oxygenate the lower portion of the water column without disrupting the thermal stratification that is occurring.  This can provide refuge for fish in the cooler deeper waters.

Aquatechnex can provide a Nanobubble system sized to your lake.  These can be sold directly to your orgainzation, or they can be part of an overall lake management program we perform for you with a set monthly fee.  For more information please get in touch at tmcnabb@aquatechnex.com

New HAB/Toxic Algae Monitoring and Response System

This buoy measures chlorophyll a and the pigment that is unique to HAB Blue Green Algae and uploads to the Cloud every 15 minutes. We can monitor your lake from our computer or phone and respond

Aquatechnex biologists have deployed the first of many algae monitoring buoys for our clients in Southern California.  This system measures a number of water quality parameters and reports via onboard cellular system every 15 minutes.  Two of the key parameters measured are Chlorophyll a with provides a measure of algae biomass and Phycocyanin which is a pigment that is unique to Blue Green Algae species.  Blue green algae or cyanobacteria are toxin producers that cause significant problems in our nations lakes and reservoirs.

Every day we examine conditions in these lakes remotely.  When we see Chlorophyll a or Phycocyanin levels increase, we mobilize treatment teams to target and control that growth before it becomes a full blown bloom or toxin producing event.  This allows us to be more proactive and responsive in our mission to keep your lakes free from toxin producing conditions.

To sign up for this service please fill out our contact form and we will get with you shortly.

We are adding SeCLEAR to our Lake Management Tool Box

Lake and pond systems often suffer algae problems.  As the lowest point on the watershed, they become a sink or trap for all the nutrients that flow in through stormwater or other sources.  Algae can be unsightly and many species of algae produce toxins that are a threat to human health.

It is often necessary to treat this problem growth with US EPA approved technologies and our group has been expert in this field for a number of years.  One new tool we are deploying this coming season is SeCLEAR.  SeCLEAR is a whole new idea in algae management, it combines a EPA approved algaecide to knock down problem growth and a phosphorus sequesting agent and water clarifier.  One application can both target problem algae growth and reduce the amount of nutrient available to target future growth.

For more information please contact us at tmcnabb@aquatechnex.com.

Ian Cormican Awarded SePRO Preferred Applicator of the Year

SePRO President Bill Cullpepper and Aquatic Manager Sam Barrick award Aquatechnex Ian Cormican the Applicator of the Year Award

SePRO President Bill Cullpepper and Aquatic Manager Sam Barrick award Aquatechnex Ian Cormican the Applicator of the Year Award

This past week out team met with the top aquatic plant management firm from across the United States at the SePRO Preferred Applicator Seminar held this year in St. Thomas, VI.  SePRO is a life science company that has invested to bring to market a number of the key tools we need to manage invasive aquatic plants and phosphorus pollution.

During this meeting, SePRO recognized Dr. Lars Anderson, retired from the USDA ARS Aquatic Plant Management Research Program with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Lars worked on invasive aquatic weed and marine algae issues from his office in Davis California for the past three decades.  Bill Cullpepper credited him with the idea to develop immunoassay to rapidly measure herbicide levels in lakes and thereby more accurately dose areas impacted by invasive aquatic weed growth.

Aquatechnex biologists Kyle Langan and Adam Kleven were awarded “Seeing is Believing” award for documenting two projects that used new technologies from SePRO to remove phosphorus pollution from our clients lakes limiting eutrophication.

The highlight of the evening for us was their selection from over 150 of the top aquatic plant management experts in the United States of Ian Cormican, our Southern California Regional Manager.  Ian was presented with the 2012 Applicator of the Year award for leadership in the field of aquatic plant management.  Thanks to SePRO and congratulations to Ian for work well done.

Aquatechnex introduces Phoslock into phosphorus management programs

Phoslock being applied to remove phosphorus and limit algae production

Algae blooms are a major problem in nutrient rich waters around the world.  The key nutrient that fuels this growth is phosphorus.  The phosphorus levels in a lake or pond generally determine the carrying capacity of that system to product problem algae growth.  In recent years an increasing trend has been toward cyanabacteria.  These bluegreen species produces a number of toxins that are a serious threat to human health.  While there are a number of good algaecides available to lake managers, reducing the amount of phosphorus in the lake can significantly reduce the amount of algae the system can produce and support.  This can be a preventative measure that limits the need for treatment.

Our algae management programs have a new tool.  Phoslock is a patented formulation that is applied to the water surface.  The material settles through the water column removing up to 95% of the reactive phosphorus present in the water.  It also form a barrier on the water sediment interface that adsorbs phosphorus from the sediment pore water.  Unlike other phosphorus removal technologies, this material will work in a wide range of pH and under anoxic conditions.

Our scientists calculate the phosphorus mass balance for the system and determine a dose that will target and remove this limiting nutrient.  For more information please contact us at http://aquatechnex.com/consult_request.html and we can discuss how this new technology may meet your needs.

Aquatechnex saves City Drinking Water Supply from Toxic Algae

Aquatechnex biologists scrambled to Southern Oregon this past Friday to control a toxic algae bloom at a city drinking water supply reservoir.  This system was experiencing a significant Anabaena Bloom.  This species of algae can produce toxins and when water tainted with this algae is processed it can cause taste and odor problems that exceed water quality standards causing a violation. 

As this system was not allowed to use a copper based algaecide, we used the new peroxygen formulation of GreenClean Pro.  This granular product is applied through an eductor system as shown here and rapidly forms buffered and stablized hydrogen peroxide when the granules hit the water.  This application started affecting the algae almost at once.  There are no impacts on other organisms and this product is approved for use in domestic water supply systems as the byproduct is oxygen.

Eductors are a new and effective way to broadcast granular algaecides and aquatic herbicides like GreenCleanPro.  These systems put out an excellent coverage pattern and make for a much cleaner and dust free application.  The granular material is metered into a water stream and broadcast from a treatment vessel guided by GPS technology. 

 

 

It should be further noted that Solarbee aeration systems had been installed two months ago and this is the worst the lake has ever been. 

 

For more information contact adam@aquatechnex.com or http://www.biosafesystems.com/industry_aquatics.asp

You may also access our complete blog at www.aquatechnex.wordpress.com for other interesting articles or view our web site at www.aquatechnex.com.  If you are interested in deploying CleanGreenPro against your algae problems in the Western United States, we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your problem and help you craft a solution.