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Lower Vasse River clay trials

08 December, 2017

The second year of an exciting trial to reduce algal blooms in the Lower Vasse River is underway with scientists from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation installing floating curtains in the river this week.

The curtains will separate the different treatments of a phosphorus binding clay that was shown to be successful last year in reducing algal blooms in mesocosms, large bottomless tanks, that were embedded in the river.

The first stage of installing the curtains certainly gained a lot of attention from passers-by, who were keen to know what was going on.

“There is a lot of interest in this trial from the community, which makes it fun for us” said lead Scientist Dr Svenja Tulipani. “It is great to have such a high profile site so the community can see for themselves how the clay is working”.

The next stage of the trial, the application of the clay will occur on Monday.  For more information see the project factsheet HERE, read Department of Water and Environmental Regulation media statement HERE or go to our Facebook page to see a short video of a floating curtain being installed earlier this week.