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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019. 2:50 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Department of the Environment (DOE) today deployed aerators for the first test trial to re-oxygenate the water in parts of the New River.

The Department thanks Belize Natural Energy (BNE) and Haney Farms.

The DOE’s task force is monitoring the test trial to re-oxygenate the water.

The residents are advised that there is the risk that this action may immediately release some level of H2S into the air.

The H2S is formed because of decomposition, which is a stage in the eutrophication process.

These trials will be conducted upstream of the river, to avoid disruption of the immediate areas and allow their team to test the effectiveness of the aerators being installed.

During these trials, the DOE will evaluate how much oxygen can be reintroduced into the system and determine the risk of disrupting the sediments at the river bottom.

The DOE will keep residents informed about the progress of these trials, and any other pilots that may be conducted.

Residents will be advised prior to proceeding with any remediation measures.

The concerns of releasing H2S into the air and its possible effects on the health of residents, especially students, is a major concern for the Department.

 

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