The Governor’s Emergency Order has provided the Department of Environmental Protection the flexibility to expedite the review of the environmental effectiveness of proposed algal-removal technologies.
In response, DEP developed an innovative technology portal for vendors to submit proposed technologies to address the recent algal blooms. The portal provided a single point of entry for submitted technologies to develop a vendor list of potentially viable innovative technologies that may assist in algal bloom cleanup or abatement.
The department has established a voluntary review committee for submitted proposals, which includes representatives from DEP, the U.S. EPA (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Department of Health (DOH), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), U.S. Geological Survey and Martin County.
If a vendor wishes to conduct a demonstration project to further the understanding of the proposal, the vendor must coordinate with the department on their water sampling protocol for their demonstration.
Ecosphere Technologies conducted a demonstration from July 9 to July 15 at Outboards Only Marina. The demonstration allowed DEP an opportunity to gather additional information regarding the treatment, including collecting water-quality samples at the demonstration site. DEP also resampled Outboards Only Marina on July 21. The review committee is reviewing these results.
MARINE VACUUM SERVICES:
Marine Vacuum Services conducted a demonstration project at Central Marine on July 14. DEP staff met with the vendor at the demonstration site to learn more about the technology and collect water quality samples. The review committee is reviewing these results.