SOLitude and BioSafe Systems Improve Pond with Organic Management Tool


Florida community in the Greater Tampa area is home to a bird rookery, giving it an up close look at the unique species that call the property home. Wood storks, great egrets, snowy egrets, great blue herons and white ibis are enjoyed by residents and local bird watchers alike. However, this exciting window into nature is accompanied by a severe nutrient loading problem. Over the years, watershed inputs, recurring bird feedings, and bird droppings from the trees above the 2-acre community pond have created imbalanced water quality conditions that support the growth of unrelenting algae and cyanobacteria blooms. In addition to causing an eyesore, these harmful blooms are known to create toxins that can threaten the rare wildlife and endanger the health of community members.

The bird species that live on the property are protected, making long-term management of the undesirable blooms a challenge. The community chooses to avoid many traditional solutions to ensure the natural characteristics of the ecosystem are maintained year-round. Often, this commitment means sacrificing the aesthetic beauty of the property. However, in 2019, SOLitude Lake Management introduced an alternative option to the community – one that aligns with the environmental principles of the residents while also nurturing the health and appearance of the aquatic environment.

GreenClean Liquid 5.0 is a fast-acting, organic approved algae and cyanobacteria management tool specifically designed by BioSafe Systems for use in delicate aquatic ecosystems, but not limited to other surface waters, including drinking water reservoirs, recreational lakes and ponds, and farming irrigation.

Unlike standard EPA-registered algaecides, which impair the unique growth mechanisms in algae, GreenClean Liquid 5.0 targets algae using an ingredient very similar to the peroxide found in most home medicine cabinets. In the presence of GreenClean Liquid 5.0, algae and cyanobacteria are quickly controlled, with water and oxygen left as the natural byproducts after the reaction. Even more notable is the fact that GreenClean Liquid 5.0 can be used selectively. This means that it can help eradicate undesirable planktonic and mat forming cyanobacteria often associated with Harmful Algal Blooms or HABs without negatively affecting the beneficial green algae that supports a healthy fishery and bird rookery.

Following the application of GreenClean Liquid 5.0 by licensed professionals, this Florida community saw a rapid improvement in the appearance of their waterbody. The green scum and harmful algae that typically dominated the water’s surface deteriorated to better spotlight the native plants and wildlife that call the ecosystem home. Most importantly, residents and management had peace of mind knowing that GreenClean Liquid 5.0 has undergone extensive environmental toxicology testing to confirm its safety when used in preserves like this one, as well as lakes and ponds used for swimming, irrigation, public drinking water reservoirs, and other important uses.

Despite the quick results provided by GreenClean Liquid 5.0, it is still just one leg of a sustainable lake management program. This community can maximize the longevity and effectiveness of the sustainable product by leveraging other proactive approaches and technologies, including shoreline restoration and buffer management, fountains and submersed aeration, nutrient remediation, sediment removal, and nanobubble treatments. In fact, nanobubbles compliment GreenClean Liquid 5.0 extremely well by targeting algae through a similar method of naturally-occurring oxidation.

Although traditional herbicides and algaecides are important tools in the eco-friendly arsenal utilized by freshwater management professionals, GreenClean Liquid 5.0 is a trusted and highly effective alternative that is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), certified by the NSF International and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).

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