Algae monitor sees Sino-Italian cooperation

09:38, March 12, 2011      

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Chinese environmental specialists have teamed up with Italian counterparts to monitor pollution in the algae-plagued Chaohu Lake in east China, environmental authorities said Friday.

Experts from both sides are working to set up an early warning system that operates by monitoring the toxicity level of algae in the lake, said Zhai Fuqiong, a spokesman with the environmental protection bureau of Chaohu city in Anhui Province.

The project, named "Monitoring Improvement and Treatment Improvement of Chaohu Lake," was launched in 2009 by the joint efforts of the Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea (IMELS) and the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection.

It has completed its first phase of pollution and management system analysis, which facilitated its current step of system building, said Zhai.

Chaohu, China's fifth largest freshwater lake and among the worst-hit by algae bloom, saw its drinking water supply jeopardized every summer by the algae pollution.

High levels of contaminants brought about by nearby industrial and fertilizer runoff have been blamed for causing the outbreaks.

Source: Xinhua

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