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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Water hyacinth project for arsenic remediation update

The arsenic remediation project using water hyacinth root has been OKd by the California Department of Waterways.


Don Condley, the Supervisor at California Department of Waterways, said wecould come out and work with their people to obtain hyacinth root They will be harvesting between November and March. Chemists Without Borders had planned to do this in November, but now we might be able to make several trips. Here's what Don said:

They harvest between 15-30 55 gallon barrels of hyacinth per day, or if they are near a levy, they simply throw it up on the levy to dry out. Don suggested we would only need a couple of people to separate out the roots and put them in plastic bags.


Stay tuned.

ELMO

1 comment:

  1. Try it with cattails and Phragmites reeds, too. Perhaps even purple loosestrife - aquatic weeds tend to collect toxins.

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