China pumps 2.8 million tons of algae from tainted lake

By on February 8, 2012

A project to clean up one of China’s largest lakes has pumped 2.8 million tons of blue-green algae from the water, according to a report from the Xinhua news service.

Taihu Lake suffered a massive blue-green algae outbreak in 2007 that forced a nearby city to stop drawing water from the lake, disrupting service to 2 million people.

The lake is in the middle of the Yangtze River Delta and its watershed is highly developed and industrialized. The algae pumping is part of a larger cleanup effort that officials say will take decades to complete.


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