KBC from Matt St. John,
water quality engineer with CA Water Board regarding Australia
solution for algae in the Klamath River, followed by Australian
Matt St. John is a water quality
engineer with the CA Water Board. I forwarded the info from
Australia re: algae to him and his reply is below. Note that the
source of phosphorus in our system is inflow to the reservoirs.
S. Craig Tucker, Ph.D. Klamath Campaign Coordinator Karuk Tribe of
California office: 530-627-3446 x3027 cell: 916-207-8294 email@example.com
-----Original Message----- From: Matt St. John [mailto:MStJohn@waterboards.ca.gov]
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2007 12:27 PM To: Jacobkann@aol.com;
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Catherine Kuhlman Subject: Re:
FW: solutions from australia instead of dam removal
I have not heard of this company. It sounds like their product
binds to the sediment at the bottom of a lake/reservoir and
chemically restricts the transfer of phosphorus from the sediments
to the water column. If effective, this product would reduce the
amount of internal phosphorus from entering the water column.
This product would not in any way control upstream sources of
phosphorus, so it's really only a band-aid type of solution.
Matt St. John Water Resources Control Engineer
(707) 523-0135 Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
5550 Skylane Blvd. Ste. A Santa Rosa, CA 95403
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we
used when we created them." Albert Einstein
"Craig Tucker" <email@example.com> 7/5/2007 7:52 AM >>> Interesting
I guess. Y'all know anything about these guys or if their claims
S. Craig Tucker, Ph.D.
Klamath Campaign Coordinator
Karuk Tribe of California
office: 530-627-3446 x3027
Mr McKinney from Australia sends some solutions to water quality
that will preserve the Klamath River dams too.
----- Original Message -----
From: Sean <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> McKinney
Cc: Jim Miller <mailto:email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 10:16 PM
To the attention of Mr. Craig Tucker, fellow campaigners and
Klamath Water Users,
Dear Craig, and fellow friends of the ENVIRONMENT,
I have been following your cause over the internet and thought it
time to talk to you guys. Our ancient land down-under (Australia)
is like the rest of the world suffering once again from mans
interference with nature. The influence on our aquatic
environments from our fellow man spreading the land with super -
phosphates to enhance crop yields replenish nutrients grow more,
better, quicker etc has finally up with us.
The point source discharge of waste product from waste water
treatment plants, septic systems leaching into the soil and
eventually our environment are further examples of continued
eutrophication of our water bodies. Furthermore the eutrophied
water bodies in the Power Industry experience increased and
continual algal blooms. The nutrients are continually cycled up,
all a part of the dams use for the cooling process.
Craig, in the USA I believe aluminium sulphate (''ALUM'') is
applied to some eutrophied water bodies, I find this quite
amazing. The use of alum is ok in a controlled water authority
reservoir, but no, please not in the natural environment such as
the very dams and waters you are trying to protect, besides alum
does not totally bind up phosphorus and it is eventually
re-released to once again fuel the cyanophyta.
Craig, Phoslock Water Solutions www.phoslock.com.au are an
organisation with the ability to offer the holistic solution. We
look at the whole system from the limnological aspects to nutrient
capacity (water and sediment sampling) of the lake or dam and
combine a total water/nutrient management solution using our
product Phoslock, a natural modified bentonite. We would encourage
you to view our website as well as our licensees Cetco under
www.phoslock.com to gain a better understanding.
We are currently undertaking negotiations in Europe to remediate a
1200 hectare lake, we have completed several other projects
globally and of course within Australia.Craig, by co-incidence I
am flying to Queensland in Northern Australia next week to meet
with two major Australian Power Generation companies to discuss
Phoslock treatments for their lakes/dams because of toxic blue
green algae blooms.
I hope we are able to be of service, there is nothing else like
Phoslock in the world that we are aware of and I believe Phoslock
is a better solution than getting rid of the dams, the clock can
be re-set with Phoslock and perhaps this is something that can be
put forward to Warren Buffet. If you would like send me some data
and I will compile a rough estimate of the cost, I believe Mr.
Buffet would be quite surprised if it were presented to him, there
are in fact added benefits for the power stations that can be
elaborated on which would see some costs infact reduced and
Data required for rough estimate; Size of reservoir/lake in
hectares; pH; Alkalinity; Total phosphorus levels; filtrable
reactive phosphorus levels; When do the blooms occur, species of
cyanophyta, any limnological data, anoxic zones etc etc
Craig, I have attached (
some recent data that shows after the treatment of the reservoir
with Phoslock the shift in toxic blue green algal species to
''healthy greens'' a natural part of any good eco system.
The environment does
not understand cost and can not be continually meddled with hence
when we work with such systems we do it right the first time from
the start. We can do this for the Karuk people and Warren Buffet's
Craig, I would ask you to share this information with the BGA
Working Group and others. We have an extremely competent technical
team which also includes Dr. David Garman, the current chairman of
the International Water Association and leading authority in this
I have copied in our licensee manager responsible for Phoslock in
the USA, Mr. Jim MilIler.
Sean McKinney Australian Sales Manager Phoslock Water Solutions
235 Sutherlands Road Riddells Creek Victoria 3431
03 54 286588
0433 989123 firstname.lastname@example.org