Tag Archives: lagoon algae

Smelly Lagoon? Diagnosing and Correcting Lagoon Odors

Smelly lagoons have created the perception that wastewater lagoons don’t work and should be replaced with mechanical plants. Triplepoint HQ is six miles as the crow flies from the Stickney (aka “Stinkney”) Water Reclamation District, which serves the Chicago area … Continue reading



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Duckweed Control in Wastewater Lagoons

Duckweed, or water lens, is a rapidly growing, invasive aquatic plant that thrives in wastewater lagoons due to the presence of ammonia and phosphorus, which act as fertilizer. Since summertime is high season for lagoon duckweed, it’s a good time … Continue reading



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Top 10 Wastewater Lagoon Articles of 2017 from Triplepoint’s Blog

We’re gratified by the great response we’ve gotten to our lagoon blog. Our mission is to be a clearinghouse for lagoon topics and research, and to provide insight into how Lagoons can Do It Better. (If there are any topics … Continue reading



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Why are there red streaks in my lagoon? About lagoon Daphnia

We love hearing from operators–their questions give us insight into what may be going on in other lagoon systems. An operator asked if we could identify some red bugs he saw floating on the edge of his lagoon. At first we … Continue reading



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LDIB-TV: Controlling Lagoon Algae and Duckweed with Aquafix

Lagoon algae and duckweed are among our most covered topics, and no wonder–both are common in lagoon systems, especially during the summer. In this episode of Lagoons Do It Better TV, we revisit the topic from new angle: how these growths can … Continue reading



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Lagoon TSS to BOD5: A Simple Ratio to Diagnose the Source of Problems

Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Suspended Solids, or TSS, are standard testing parameters for wastewater lagoons. The ratio between the two numbers can provide valuable insight into the source of the TSS. In this article, we’ll take a look at … Continue reading



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Lagoon Algae Prevention and Treatment: Strategies and Methods

Summertime is boom time for algae, and it’s been all over the news lately. A bloom that appeared seemingly overnight necessitated the closure and drainage of the diving pool at the Rio Olympics. Toxic blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, which we discussed in … Continue reading



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Wastewater Lagoon Blue-Green Algae: The Harm of HABs

We talk about algae a lot, because with wastewater lagoons, algae just comes with the territory. In facultative and stabilization lagoons, algae provide free oxygen to fuel aerobic BOD-consuming bacteria and higher life forms. Even in a properly mixed and aerated lagoon, … Continue reading



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What are these red worms in the lagoon?

We’re often in the field, visiting wastewater lagoon facilities and learning about the challenges operators face. Last week, an operator in Georgia showed us a video of lagoon sludge swarming with tiny, wriggling red worms (see video below). Since we’re always interested in … Continue reading



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Lagoon Duckweed: Friend or Foe?

Duckweed, or water lens, is a rapidly growing, invasive aquatic plant that loves wastewater lagoons due to the presence of nutrients ammonia and phosphorus. Since summertime is high season for lagoon duckweed, it seems like a good time to talk … Continue reading



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