A Dutch company thinks ultrasonic waves could be the answer to Owasco Lake’s harmful algal bloom problem. LG Sonic gave a presentation to the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council on Tuesday outlining how its had success using a series of ultrasonic buoys in a body of water.
Chief Technology Officer Lisa Brand told the council the ultrasonic waves keep the algae, and the cyanobacteria the blooms produce, from reaching the surface to gather sunlight that helps them grow.
Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner and Chair of the Management Council calls it a band aid solution.
Wagner tells Finger Lakes News Radio putting a string of ultrasonic buoys across the northern end of the lake doesn’t address the root cause of the HAB problem.
The company says the plan would initially cost about $1.2 Million, plus an additional $40,000 a year for the upkeep of the system over its 10-year life span.