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Aerators prove beneficial for the New River

During today’s press conference, the media also got an update on the condition of the Belize New River in Orange Walk.  It has been twelve days since the aerators have been at work, injecting oxygen into the water.  It isn’t a permanent fix to the river condition but it does bring a relief to residents in the area.  Edgar Ek is the Deputy Chief Environmental Officer who says that they have received preliminary data to use for assessments.

During today’s press conference, the media also got an update on the condition of the Belize New River in Orange Walk.  It has been twelve days since the aerators have been at work, injecting oxygen into the water.  It isn’t a permanent fix to the river condition but it does bring a relief to residents in the area.  Edgar Ek is the Deputy Chief Environmental Officer who says that they have received preliminary data to use for assessments.

When the aerators were just installed, Love News did an interview with Dr. Guy Lanza, Research Professor at the State University of New York, Syracuse. Dr Lanza had warned against the aerators, saying it could release the toxic hydrogen sulfide gas and toxicity to both the aquatic food web and the people and animals close to the release point in the river. Ek disagrees with Dr Lanza’s comments, saying had he consulted them, a wiser analysis could have been given.

The Department of Environment will continue running the aerators and gather more data in the process.
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