Can algae bloom be converted to a biofuel?

The problem of algae bloom is becoming obvious all over the county. The blame of agricultural fertilizers is misguided in my opinion.

Years ago on local rivers like the Ruscom River, it was never such a problem. What has changed is the number of upscale homes with everyone wanting a perfect lawn and, of course, more septic tanks due to no sewers.

Farmers’ use of fertilizers is minimal due to the large cost but people along the water use less discretion.

With no immediate solution available, I have often wondered if it might be possible to scoop the stuff up and turn it into a biofuel in something like a paddle wheel boat.

It could be considered a modest green industry and its first customer would be to power its own operation. It could create some seasonal jobs, as well.

Clearly, this is not good for tourism and fishing and the health of the rivers and lakes, so does anybody know? Would this stuff be good for anything that would make it a viable enterprise?


Photo caption: Algae bloom in the western basin of Lake Erie are pictured on Aug. 25, 2014. (NASA/The Windsor Star)

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