PB: Haarlemmermeerse bos, Netherlands Establishes Local Agency Connections

This week’s post covers a recent and illustrative example of collaboration between Project Baseline and key, local entities with PB: Haarlemmermeerse bos, Netherlands at the center of the action.  Axel Gunderson, leader of PB: Haarlemmermeerse bos recently made contact with a local community council and discovered more about the history of the Lake Haarlemmermeerse bos. The council suggested contacting a group called Dive Team Haarlemmermeer (DTH). DTH has extremely good contacts with the council and were subsidized to create an official dive location there. DTH curretnly only monitors Toolenburgplas which is located about 2 km south of Haarlemmermeerse bos.

PB: Haarlemmermeerse bos is conducting a meeting this month with a DTH to set up a collaboration to do a SETL project and maybe more. DTH has a special biology team which already monitors Toolenburgplas so they have more experience. SETL is the monitoring of plastic plates to see what organisms grows on them over time. DTH is willing to help Project Baseline set up the same project in Haarlemmermeerse bos according to their standards. We would like to synchronize more datacollection methods also. Data comparison between the two lakes is more valuable.

In other news, Lake Haarlemmermeerse bos benefits from air circulation using pontoons that blow air in the lake at about 5 meters depth to prevent stratification. Axel sent a video of an air pontoon with a broken pipe to Rijnland.net, the agency tasked with the management of the lake. Rijnland reacted very enthusiastically to this information and had no idea the pump was broken. Axel received an official report from Rijnland as to why the air circulation not only prevents toxic blue algae but also contributes in other areas. They are going to stop the pumps at October 1st 2012 as a standard procedure but the plan is to leave the pumps off in 2013 to see what the impact is. Pumps need replacing but they are not sure if it's worth it. Rijnland is interested in Project Baseline’s voluntary services when pumps are shutdown as our divers can give them valuable info on a weekly basis. Rijnland does not have the resources to perform such tasks.

It is currently unclear if Rijnland will officially accept Project Baseline’s services but divers can act act as an early warning system if water quality plummets down to dangerous levels.

For more information, visit http://baselinehaarlemmermeer.blogspot.nl/

 

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