New pilot program aims to prevent toxic algae at Prospect Park Dog Beach
Every summer, Prospect Park Dog Beach is quarantined because of toxic blue-green algae. Now, New York City’s Parks Department believes it's found a fix with ecoWEIR.
New York State Parks contributed $390,000 to get the ecoWEIR pilot program off the ground.
“It's the first one in the ground in New York, and that makes it extra special. We're just so honored to be a part of that. With the lessons learned here and its tremendous success, we're excited to see the ecoWEIR grow and expand,” said NYC Regional Director Leslie Wright.
Brooklyn College professor and researcher Jennifer Cherrier, along with students, studied the issue intensely.
"The whole idea of this is to remove the phosphorus so that we can stop the blooms from happening, because essentially we're fertilizing our lakes unintentionally,” said Cherrier.
Every week, the students will analyze the water to make sure the levels are safe.
The bloom can be toxic when humans or pets come in contact with it.
The pilot program will end in December.