May 30, 1987 |
New Jersey environmental officials said yesterday that an enormous brown slick that had forced about 35 miles of the state's beaches to close was actually dead algae - not sewage sludge - and that it was perfectly safe. Local officials, happy at the news, reopened the beaches. "It is not sewage. It is naturally occurring," Richard Dewling, the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said of the foamy slick that had created alarm at the shore. He said the algae, which periodically die and turn brown, passed through an offshore sludge-dumping site and apparently picked up some sewage, trash and "grease balls," which bear a close resemblance to fecal matter.
May 14, 1992 |
The annual spring algae bloom on the Wissahickon Creek, combined with Friday's torrential rains, has produced foul-smelling and odd-tasting water for a number of Philadelphians. Even though the tap water may reek, Water Department officials said yesterday that it was safe to drink. They are working to make the water taste like water again. Neighborhoods that got the algae-tainted water included Manayunk, Roxborough, Mount Airy, Germantown, Fairmount and several other areas north of the Schuylkill and west of Broad Street, according to Joan Becker, a Water Department spokeswoman.
June 14, 2013 |
Camden County has started removing out-of-control algae from Newton Lake, but longer-term measures, including costly dredging, may be needed to maintain it, according to consultants and county officials. For the bulk of the next two weeks, Princeton Hydro, hired for about $25,000, will work on algae at the lake, which touches parts of Collingswood, Haddon Township, and Oaklyn. The workers will use an amphibious machine called a Truxor to rake up and remove the algae mats that all spring have been choking the lake and zapping its oxygen.
June 18, 2013 |
Jim Brown has caught bass, sunfish, and three kinds of catfish in Newton Lake, a man-made lake and favorite fishing spot that winds through Collingswood, Haddon Township, and Oaklyn. "They're all fun to catch," Brown, of Oaklyn, said Sunday, leaning next to his tackle box on a railing overlooking the lake, a line lowered into the algae-spotted water below. In the last year, algae grew so thick Brown said fish were coming up to the surface, searching for air. The situation has improved, he said, one week into an algae-removal project led by Camden County, which owns the 103-acre park surrounding the lake.
April 24, 2009 |
Question: Last year, you wrote about what to do about black marks on roofs. You said it was algae that built up from the product used in the shingles, and you gave a remedy for cleaning it off the shingles. Well, I cut your article out for a spring project and, yep, you guessed it, now that spring is here, I cannot find the article. I wonder if you can tell me again how I can remove the unsightly black marks from my roof easily. Answer: Fiberglass asphalt shingles these days have a limestone filler instead of the traditional rag filler, and the limestone promotes the growth of algae that shows up in horrible streaks on roof areas that don't get much sun. Have your roofer nail copper or zinc strips on the peaks above these areas, so rain running over the strips will kill the algae.
June 29, 2009 |
To Mayor Bill Pikolycky, Woodbine's old landfill has been a big headache. Closed for decades, the 45-acre property is covered with scruffy vegetation and needs an environmental cleanup that would cost the tiny Cape May County borough millions of dollars. The site began to look like an opportunity, however, after the mayor heard Andrew Greene's unusual proposal. Greene sees the landfill as a prime location for Garden State Ethanol, a $200 million biofuel plant that would use more than 100 bioreactor tanks to convert algae into ethanol and biodiesel oil. And Pikolycky sees the venture as a way to generate tax income and jobs and to have the site remediated at no expense to the borough.
September 9, 1995 |
Rena Ocone, of Wyndmoor, recently noticed a peculiar bouquet emanating from her tap water. The taste was something else. "I made a cup of tea, and it didn't taste like tea," she recalled yesterday. "I threw it out. " Her neighbor, Oscar Teller, knew what she was talking about. "I don't know how much dirt you've eaten in your life," he said, "but to me, it tastes like earth. " The persistent drought, which has been blamed for almost everything else, is also the culprit in this case, water company officials said yesterday.
November 29, 1995 |
From the Bahamas to Belize, many of the Caribbean's best-loved coral reefs have fallen victim for the first time to a mysterious, potentially deadly wave of coral bleaching. The phenomenon, unknown to science until the late 1960s, strips the electric-hued corals of their purples, reds and browns, leaving them a ghostly white and sometimes causing them to die. Though poorly understood, it has been linked to unusually high water temperatures and levels of ultraviolet radiation, prompting some to speculate that it is a sign of global warming.
August 28, 1996 |
Diehards who toughed it out at the Jersey Shore this summer must have felt a bit like Egypt's ol' Pharoah in the Book of Exodus. First the oil spill and those tar balls. Then the sodden blasts from Hurricane Bertha. Then the weeks of cool and rainy air. Then the prickly bites from swarms of no-see-ums. Then the thousands of pounds of stinky dead fish. What could possibly be next? How about some green slime in the water? No problem. There it was, tinting the waves and staining the sand at numerous beaches along the South Jersey coast this week.
December 12, 2013 |
The paintings of algae seem to glow with a greenish light, the slender fronds rendered with painstaking detail at up to 1,000 times actual size. The eye of 19th-century artist Cornelius Varley was involved in creating the images, but something else was at work: A sophisticated optical instrument that gave him the illusion of seeing the algae right on his canvas. Think it makes the artist's job easy? Think again. Varley's algae watercolors, along with a variety of such optical instruments, are on display at the American Philosophical Society Museum through Dec. 29, including three devices that visitors can look through as they attempt their own sketches.