Scientist have tested a giant specialized sponge to help battle blue-green algae. The sponge was created by AquaFlex Holdings.
It’s an open cell foam and can come in different types of forms. This technology was used to clean up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The foam acts as a filter in the water and removes bacteria and nutrients.
The test run took place along the Caloosahatchee River on August 16th and 17th and the results showed that it absorbed algae/toxins into the foam in concentrations ranging from 45,000 ppb-259,000 parts per billion.
So now they want to test it further and are looking for $65,000 in funding for a pilot study to try it out. The money would help them test the technology thoroughly and help with a long-term game plan.
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, AquaFlex Holdings LLC, Sea & Shoreline, Florida Gulf Coast University and the Calusa Waterkeeper are collaborating together on this project.