Turbidity in a water body comes from various forms and sources. Tributaries flowing into lakes and reservoirs often carry high loads of suspended solids, particularly during spring runoff and summer storm events. Fine clay particles can remain suspended in the water column for many days following a storm event before finally settling to the bottom of the lake. Planktonic algae and associated detritus represent organic turbidity, giving waters a green to brown color, depending on the algal community. In shallow ponds or lakes with relatively large wind exposure, settled clay particles can get resuspended during storm events temporarily turning the water column brown. In shallow ponds with more flocculent sediments, bottom-dwelling fish (e.g., some carps and catfish) can also resuspend fine particles, making it difficult for the pond to become clear.

SolarBee circulation can impact water column turbidity in several ways. First, the control of blue-green algae blooms improves water clarity by shifting algal species from inedible, toxic blue-green algae to more edible non-blue-green algae. Second, sediment compaction and muck reduction via sediment oxidation makes sediment resuspension more difficult. Circulation may also enhance the aggregation and settling of inorganic turbidity. However, it is very important to appreciate that SolarBees do not increase turbidity. Water moves toward the SolarBee horizontally, not vertically. Independent testing has shown that even when the SolarBee intake hose is less than a foot off the bottom, bottom sediments beneath the SolarBee remain undisturbed.

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Sediment compaction and muck reduction

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