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SolarBees, Jordan Lake, & The Media

Setting The Record Straight Against Blatant Misinformation

01/29/2017

canoe passing by SolarBee during Jordan Lake SolarBee Demonstration Project

If there is one thing we’ve learned from the Jordan Lake project, there are great people working on behalf of the State of North Carolina from NC DEQ to the Army Corp Of Engineers to the State Legislative Assembly and everywhere in-between.  Among all these dedicated players including Medora Corporation, the "say all end all" was to bring cost effective real world solutions to the table for the betterment of Jordan Lake.

If there was a second thing we learned, it’s that the NC Media has no problem getting the facts wrong in favor of agenda driven drama & politics.

Jordan Lake started and ended as a Demonstration Project to study the effects of circulation...

Review: The Role Of Phosphorus & Nitrogen In Freshwater Algae Blooms

Is the “settled” extreme pushing the science out of balance?

09/29/2016

In August 2016, Environmental Science & Technology published an article about preventing or reducing harmful algae blooms in freshwater lakes.  "Reducing Phosphorus to Curb Lake Eutrophication is a Success”  was co-written by several lake scientists from the United States & Canada with D. Schindler (Edmonton, Alberta) as the lead author.  (read & download the article here)

The article seems to say that:

1) Phosphorus is the the only nutrient that matters to control cyanobacteria harmful algae bloom (HABs).

2) Any further discussion of nitrogen as a nutrient in this industry is a waste of time.

3) Given enough time (maybe 10-30 years), watershed protection to reduce phosphorus infow to lakes will stop cyanobacteria blooms.


The article lists about 35 lakes in the world as evidence to support the claim that phosphorus reduction can “recover" a lake.  There is not much discussion about point sources versus non-point sources in the article;  but usually 90% of phosphorus inflow to lake is non-point source, so the clear implication is that watershed protection is the only way to restore a lake.

Schindler has been saying for years that HABs are only about phosphorus; whereas, Hans Paerl (North Carolina, USA) says sometimes HABs are caused by excess phosphorus, and/or excess nitrogen, and/or other factors.  This article seemed to be a direct slam to Paerl continuing the rivalry between the two, Schindler and Paerl. 

Driving & Cell Phones Just Don't Mix

Medora’s Distracted Driving Safety Campaign

09/28/2016

vehicle pulling up to an intersection & pedestrian cross walk- distracted driving campaignOur Medora Transport Service & Delivery Technicians pack on a lot of miles while taking care of our Customers across the United States & Canada (they logged over 532,000 miles last year alone!).  Our Regional Sales Teams also travel all over the country making presentations and visiting with our Customers & potential Customers alike.

 

With so many miles and so much time on the road, driving safety for our employees is a major concern.

A View From The Road

Saturdays Don’t Slow Down

09/27/2016

I’d like to talk about how crew guys spend their Saturdays on the road.  On this particular Saturday, we met at the truck at 8AM after an overcrowded continental breakfast.

74 miles to go through the winding hills of Virginia into West Virginia. 

Time to arrival: two hours fourteen minutes.

Our service stop is a West Virginia wastewater treatment pond with three machines and seven test points.  It’s a beautiful fall drive with the changing colors of the leaves on a two-lane highway that winds through the Appalachian Mountains.

We arrive around 10:20AM with an outside temperature of only 45 degrees.  The good thing is we can see all three machines are running great so this should go smooth.