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Dried Water Hyacinth on Surface Water Catches Fire
In a bizarre turn of events, the ‘dry’ water hyacinth cover on Pashan lake in India caught fire on Monday. While there were no reports of damage to life and property, environmentalists and locals say that the fire is an indication of serious environmental damage done to the lake over the years.

A member of the World Society of Conservation of Wildlife spotted the fire and was able to douse the fire using sticks and water buckets.

The growth of water hyacinth is a sign that pollution levels in the lake have increased as the aquatic plant is often a pollution indicator; showing signs of sewage and solid-bio-wastes being dumped in the lake.


 
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Delavan Lake Dredging Clears Natural Filter - In the late 1980s, Delavan Lake turned into an algae soup by mid-summer that discouraged swimming, clogged boat motors and killed off game fish. Farm and residential development around the lake poured nutrient-rich runoff into the watershed and into the lake. Those nutrients fed the algae blooms. Today, a project to redredge the channel in the narrow inlet which was designed to store and collect the sediment flowing into it before it reaches the open water.


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