State officials began deploying SolarBees in 2014 to battle pollution in Jordan Lake. (Credit: Edward Wilson)
State environmental regulators in North Carolina are moving to remove SolarBee water circulators from Jordan Lake following the collection of data indicating that there’s been no significant improvement in water quality following their use, according to WRAL. The devices have been in the lake for two years.
State lawmakers have supported the use of SolarBees, at substantial public expense, in hopes that North Carolina could solve Jordan Lake’s algae problems at a lower cost than would be needed to implement rules limiting runoff entering the lake.
A state report released earlier this year found that the devices have been largely ineffective as they were deployed in the lake’s more shallow regions. And state regulators indicate that further study is needed to prove the SolarBees’ effectiveness over larger deployment areas.
Top image: State officials began deploying SolarBees in 2014 to battle pollution in Jordan Lake. (Credit: Edward Wilson)