21 Jul '11, 11am

On Lake Taihu, China Moves To Battle Massive Algae Blooms

On Lake Taihu, China Moves To Battle Massive Algae Blooms

On Lake Taihu, China Moves To Battle Massive Algae Blooms For two decades, the once-scenic Lake Taihu in eastern China has been choked with devastating algae blooms that have threatened drinking water for millions. Now, in a move that could provide lessons for other huge lakes worldwide, China is taking steps to restore Taihu’s ecological balance. by richard stone Haze hangs over Taihu on an early summer day. The northern edge of China’s third largest freshwater lake by now should be choked with green slime. Instead, recent downpours have disrupted algal growth. Like a cancer patient in remission, Taihu is enjoying a brief respite from its illness, a flashback to a time before industrial effluents, agricultural runoff, and sewage knocked its ecology out of balance. This blush of health won’t last. Once temperatures climb here in eastern China’s muggy Jiangsu Province, a na...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/on_lake_taihu_china_moves_to...

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