Article: Scientists Help Protect Guatemala's Lake Atitlan

The following excerpt is from a June 23, 2010 article published by redOrbit.com.  To view the article in its entirety, please click here.

Work to augment efforts to clean and protect lake and drinking water from harmful algae blooms.

A team of scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno, DRI, Arizona State University and University of California, Davis has returned from a two-week expedition to Guatemala’s tropical high-mountain Lake Atitlan, where they are working to find solutions to the algae blooms that have assailed the ecosystem and the drinking water source for local residents.

The lake’s water is contaminated with watershed runoff and waste water, which contributes to increased algae growth and suitable conditions for bacteria and pathogens such as, Escherichia coli and Giardia that can proliferate and enter untreated drinking water.

In 2009, the Global Nature Fund designated Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan as its “Threatened Lake of the Year.”

“It was super-productive working with Guatemalan officials, scientists and universities in our capacity building project,” Sudeep Chandra, co-team leader from the University of Nevada’s Department of Natural Resources said. “It’s important to develop a relationship with the locals to coordinate conservation work and build their capacity to find solutions.”…

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