The state’s current plan to clean the water at Jordan Lake is pretty straightforward: Deploy a fleet of water-circulating, solar-powered pumps and see if they kill algae. But that’s only the beginning of the “technological” solutions that the legislature might consider for the regional water supply.
Tom Reeder, head of the Division of Water Quality, briefed lawmakers Wednesday on a range of technologies, from ecosystem manipulation to man-made floating islands. It could be a good idea to test two or three more of these ideas as it tries to clear Jordan Lake’s waters, according to Reeder.
All this is happening, by the way, because legislators and developers from the Triad don’t want to pay for existing rules to control nutrient pollution in the eight counties upstream of the lake. That program is on delay for three years while the legislature explores a cleanup “pilot program.”
So, first, there’s the option that’s already set to go:
Then there are these alternatives, which Reeder researched for the new legislative committee on Jordan Lake. He wasn’t endorsing them, but he did offer his thoughts on each option.