In his May 4 letter “ The right combination of watershed management,” Kenneth Hudnell sought to inform us about his company’s SolarBee water circulator proposal for Jordan Lake. Rather than try to impress us with his expertise, he should have said that epilimnion is the top layer of lake water, while hypolimnion is the bottom layer.
He might have explained, at least briefly, how SolarBees will enable “nutrients to ascend the food web” and “remove nutrients in lakes and inlets where they are more accessible and concentrated.” He might have described how suspending Jordan Lake’s nutrient-reduction rules fits with his claim that improving water quality throughout the Cape Fear River Basin “can only be done by fully implementing the Clean Water Act through a systems approach to freshwater management.”
Abandoning Jordan Lake’s watershed nutrient-reduction rules in favor of “waterbody management” hardly sounds like a systems approach. Jordan Lake has too many nutrient inputs. Common sense says that preventing a problem is cheaper and more effective than treating it after it happens. Treating nutrients already in the lake but failing to reduce further nutrient inputs would be like treating a patient for asthma and emphysema while he continued smoking. Throwing around big words doesn’t change that.