Lake Apopka Restoration- Magnolia Park

02 Mar

Once a great fishing lake, Lake Apopka has been continually polluted by muck farmers, fertilizers run-off and other sources. These practices have had a detrimental effect on the lake. At 31,000 acres, Lake Apopka is one of the largest lakes in Florida. In the 1930’s, this lake was considered the best bass fishing lake in the country. As the water quality declined, so did the fishing. Since then, the polluting of the lake has continued. Until the 1990’s when the state of Florida purchased the muck farming lands to the north of the lake and began restoration of the wetlands. While great strides have been made to stop runoff into the lake, the question remains, how do we restore the lake to it’s pristine condition. The state of Florida, after reviewing the past successes of the process which Allied Group USA and Clean-Flo use, contacted them to start a pilot program on the lake, in hopes of bringing it back to it’s original state.

Since then, we have completed installing almost 100 diffusers on the lake in a pilot program that covers approximately 250 acres. These diffusers, coupled with bio augmentation, will reduce nitrates, nitrites and phosphorus in the water. This will reduce algae growth and increase water clarity. For more information on our work at Lake Apopka, check out this video!