Mount Woodson is a well-known golf course in Ramona, California, 35 miles east of San Diego. Extreme heat in the summer causes massive algae blooms in the golf course’s ponds. Mount Woodson has five ponds that are all linked to one and another.
- Pond one receives 350,000 gallons a day of municipal reclaimed water.
- The reclaimed water is gravity fed from pond one through to pond five.
- Pond five is the course’s irrigation pond.
Golf course ponds receive a high volume of fertilizer runoff which feeds the algae blooms. Another contributing factor to massive algae blooms is anaerobic bacteria. Grass cuttings and fallen leaves accumulate at the bottom of the ponds, which decompose, causing an anaerobic environment. Anaerobic bacteria consume the available oxygen in the water, further deteriorating the pond’s water quality.
Mt. Woodson Cleanup
The KNeW Nannobubble Corporation has installed four Nano bubblers injecting 261,504 gallons of oxygen every 24 hours into the five ponds. The goal is to remove the massive algae infection on all five ponds and increase the water’s total dissolved oxygen levels.
Nanobubbles create an aerobic environment. Anaerobic bacteria cannot survive in an aerobic environment. Step one in our Nanobubble process is to create an unfriendly environment for anaerobic bacteria by oxygenating the pond’s water. Step two in the process is providing a friendly environment for aerobic bacteria. Aerobic bacteria or beneficial bacteria feed off ammonia gasses, carbon dioxide, and oxygen. Because these bacteria feed on these three chemicals, anything which increases the amount of all three gases will increase the rate at which the beneficial bacteria multiply. Nanobubbles supply oxygen in abundance.
Pond five, the last pond in sequence, is Mount Woodson’s irrigation pond. Irrigation water free of anaerobic bacteria and high in beneficial bacteria and oxygen is ideal for turf irrigation. The higher the oxygen and beneficial bacteria content, the better roots absorb water and nutrients, resulting in less water and fertilizer use.