Mazdak Arabi, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado State University, is available for comment on the global epidemic of algae blooms.
Arabi leads a new center that is researching ways to reduce the flow of nutrients and pollutants into critical water supplies. The Center for Comprehensive, Optimal and Effective Abatement of Nutrients – or CLEAN – is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Runoff from wastewater plants, agricultural operations, stormwater drains and other industrial systems are causing nutrients to build up in water supplies across the country and create algae-filled “dead zones.”
The algae can turn toxic during the summer when temperatures rise and cause it to bloom.