Blue Green Algae stops people from using the lake and jeopardises the great potential of our community lake and park.
When the algae blooms it becomes potentially poisonous to humans and very dangerous to dogs which means the lake must be shut for days on end, stopping all water sport activities. Scuba diving in the lake is almost impossible with visibility down to zero.
However, we can quickly solve the problem and keep the lake clean
By installing two ultrasonic buoys that will emit harmless ultrasound waves, we can reduce the algae by over 90%. The soundwaves have no effect on wildlife in the lake and are harmless to everyone using the lake (see below for a summary of the full treatment plan)
The results will be a cleaner, clearer lake for everyone to enjoy.
The cost of installing the ultrasonic buoys is a one-off cost of £13,500 to buy the equipment. They are powered by solar panels and only require minor ongoing maintenance, so once they are bought, they should last many years.
If everyone who swims, kayaks and scuba dives in the lake each pledges £10 we should raise enough money to cover the cost.
Every pound you pledge could be worth much more!
We are also applying to Sport Wales who will hopefully help us reach our target with match-funding!
Park in the Past is localed in a rural area of Flinshire, close the villages of Hope and Caergwrle. Access to outdoor watersports is severely limited in our local area. By clearing the algae, the lake can be open more often and to more people, improving accessibility for a wider group of people, including those who may not normally take part in outdoor water sports in the area.
Clearing the algae will also allow organised sports groups to plan activities, visit and use our facility without of fear of closure due to an algae bloom.
Rewards for higher pledges!
Check out our rewards on the right hand side if you are able to make a higher pledge - from half price swims, to kayak and diving offers.
Please give generously to support your local lake. Your support is very much appreciated.
How We Will Treat The Lake
Working with environmental consultants, we will implement a sustainable treatment program to improve the water clarity, hygiene, appearance, and odour of the lake water at Park in the Past.
• Using solar powered ultrasonic algae control arrays, we can control known green and blue green algal species without the damaging and expensive use of chemicals. The species found during recent lab analysis are readily controlled using ultrasonics.
• To help further aid the control of algae, natural nutrient cycling and organic waste digesting bacteria will be applied. These bacteria use up the nutrients that the algae would otherwise use to grow.
• These measures, together with topical application of mineral based sediment solidifying agents, offer the best and greenest method to keep the lake clean, clear and compliant.