Jan 24, 2012

Do two negatives make a positive?

Of all the lakes you see when flying over Florida ...

One of them in particular doesn’t look right.

Lake Apopka looks as thick as pea soup

It’s Lake Apopka.

No, it’s not short for Apopkalypse, but some would argue it’s reached that point. Once a popular fishing destination, over nutrification fueled algae blooms which, decades later, have accumulated into a thick layer of benthic muck.

The result?

The lake just won’t heal because the water’s too murky for native submerged aquatic plants.  I could literally see that muck swirling like pea soup from the 35,000 feet in the air.

The solution?

Could an invasive exotic aquatic plant called hydrilla suffice instead? It thrives in murky and would make the water less so by taking root, plus provide habitat for fish and waterfowl ... but it could prove difficult to control or fully reverse, too.  Click here to read a newspaper article in the Orlando Sentinel that describes more.

The road south of the lake leads east to Orlando

Do two negatives make a positive?

In the mathematics of modern-day water management they just might.

1 comment:

islandwonder said...

Good luck! A river in Va. is infested with hydrilla. If the winter is mild, it really takes off in the summer and it is not pleasant to swim through.