March 30, 2016 |
Newton Lake "is our slice of heaven," says Melissa Martell. "We can just come down to the dock, look at the lake, and forget our troubles," the Oaklyn resident adds. "Out here," says Martell's partner, Janine Villano, "it doesn't look like South Jersey. " Soon, however, the shimmering waters of spring will give way to a warm-weather bumper crop of aquatic plants and "filamentous" algae, lending the neighborhood's beloved lake a pea soup hue. No wonder Martell and Villano have a "Save Newton Lake" banner in front of their house, which stands on a bluff overlooking the water.
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.
July 17, 2013 |
Camden County officials have decided to hold off on plans to treat Newton Lake with a pesticide intended to control algae growth. The backup treatment may not be necessary, Freeholder Jeffrey Nash said Monday. "We'll monitor and make a decision in two weeks," Nash said. Last month, Princeton Hydro, a Ringoes, N.J.-based firm hired by the county, raked up and removed a huge volume of algae mats that had been choking the lake and depleting its oxygen. Treating the lake, which touches parts of Collingswood, Haddon Township, and Oaklyn, with the algicide Captain was going to be the next step.
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.
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.
May 17, 2013 |
Question: We moved into a home with 20-year-old sliding glass doors that were treated with what appears to be a thin plastic coating or plastic shield for sun glare. Is there any way to remove this coating? One slider has clouded over, and the coating has chipped and blistered in spots. It could be a broken seal, but the areas that have no coating are perfectly clear. Answer: The best solution I've read is from my buddies the Carey Bros. of San Francisco: Spray the coating with ammonia, cover it immediately with Saran Wrap, wait 45 minutes, and then scrape it off with a broad-blade putty knife.
April 2, 2013
City bankruptcy challenge nixed SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The city of Stockton, Calif., can continue in bankruptcy after a federal judge Monday rejected legal challenges by Wall Street creditors. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein means that the city of more than 290,000 residents can continue to seek protection from its creditors as the largest city in America to declare bankruptcy. In his 90-minute "finding of facts," Klein portrayed Stockton has having negotiated in good faith with creditors that insured a city pension bond and issued bonds for a downtown redevelopment, including a sports arena.
June 30, 2012 |
Question: We have dark streaks on our roof that have appeared over the last couple of years. Shingles are cedar color. Our home is a rancher with a hip roof and 4-inch pitch. Streaks are unsightly, and we don't know what procedure to follow to get rid of them. You may have addressed this issue previously. If so, I missed it. Don't know why because I read you faithfully. Answer: I've been waiting for the return of this question since 2009. The "stain" is, of course, black algae.
August 20, 2011
TRENTON - Environmental officials are tracking an unusually large algae bloom off the Jersey Shore. Officials say the bloom, which extends nearly 100 miles, is not expected to pose any danger to people or marine life. It is believed to be a naturally driven event, with the mass of microscopic plants growing on nutrients pulled up from deep waters by upwelling. The bloom is several miles offshore and runs along roughly two-thirds of the New Jersey coastline, from the southern end of Monmouth County to Cape May. - AP
December 18, 2009 |
Question: The roof on my split-level house is "stained," says e-mailer "Bob from the Suburbs. " Is it mold??My roof looks discolored and it looks like I'm ready for a new one. In my development, roofs facing the sun are in excellent condition. Roofs facing away from the sun also have that black stain, so it can't be just me. I'm afraid to put detergent on it after the Home Depot roofing manager said the store doesn't sell a product for this problem. Answer: I talked with Berwyn roofer Dennis Dunbar, owner of Dunbar Roofing & Siding, about the issue.