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First Advisor

Derren Rosbach

Second Advisor

Sharon Wulf

Date

2013

Abstract

Cyanobacteria are microorganisms that are important in the formation of the earth’s atmosphere as well as in the process of nitrogen fixation. In Lake Okeechobee, algae blooms of Anabaena and Microcystis strains of toxic cyanobacteria have been increasing since 1987. Due to an increase of the water level, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been forced to release water from the lake, allowing the cyanobacteria and nutrients to flow into the waterways. We researched multiple methods of cyanobacteria filtration and compiled what we believe are the most effective methods into one system. We recommend the use of filtration strip switchgrass and filtration plates to filter out the nitrogen and phosphorous and remove the cyanobacteria in the long term.

Keywords

The World's Water

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

The World's Water

Program

Great Problems Seminar

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The Challenges behind Cyanobacteria in Southern Florida


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