Lyngbya clean-up in Hunter Springs

Lynbya is an invasive algae that is said to be toxic to the manatees, and smothers native plants. It’s overgrowth is caused by lawn fertilizer, and septic tanks. Here, students from Georgia help eliminate the lyngbya in Hunter Springs Park as part of the “One Rake At A Time” Lyngbya Removal Project. “I’m a manatee watch person, and I want my water crystal clean,” clean-up volunteer Valeria Kosh said. “Sixteen years ago the water was crystal clean; It’s what made me move here,” she said.

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Brad Knoll, with “One Rake At A Time”, looks out onto Hunter Springs which used to be totally clear a little more than a decade ago. The blackish part of the water is where lyngbya, an invasive algae has overtaken the spring, while the clear part is from a recent lyngbya clean-up. The spring used to be totally clear years ago, according to locals.

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Art Jones, dir., of the ‘One Rake At A Time’ directs students from Darton State College to help open up a spring vent in Hunter Springs Park. “It [lyngbya] gets into the spring vents and chokes them off,” Jones said.

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Darton State College students, from left, Samantha Tambrini, Breann Cleve, and Victoria Favela-Parra volunteer with the ‘One Rake At A Time’ Lyngbya Removal Project to help eliminate the invasive, and toxic algae from Hunter Springs Park.

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Amber Clyatt, a student from Darton State College, helps remove lyngbya in Hunter Springs Park. The invasive algae is caused by lawn fertilizer, and septic tanks according to Art Jones, dir., of One Rake At A Time’ (not pictured).

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Victoria Favela-Parra, center, and Angel Ramirez, both students with Darton State College, help eliminate lyngbya (an invasive blue green algae said to be toxic to manatees, and harmful to other native plants) in Hunter Springs Park as part of the ‘One Rake At A Time’ Lyngbya Removal Project. “It’s great helping out the community, and just being out of Georgia, and in Florida,” Favela-Parra said.

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