Students Study Bioremediation for Cleaner Wetlands

Environmental Chemistry students traveled with Professor Tina Ross to a Superfund site in New Castle County Delaware this Fall semester. The site had a legacy of chemical releases that eventually led to intervention by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Environmental chemistryAfter a tour of the site and neighboring estuary and wetlands, the students observed a traditional extraction method and a method using natural catalysis with bioreactor technology for remediation. Anna Baker of the US Geological Survey, Water Science Center explained that by studying the modified ‘natural microbes’ adaption to the contaminated environment, researchers have found microbial catalysis/bioremediation to be successful in cleaning up other sites. The application of a natural attenuation of the New Castle County DE bioremediation has the potential for dramatically shortening the timeline for recovery of the wetlands and water quality.

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  1. Hi, I live in South Africa. We have increasing problems with raw sewage waste contamination of wetlands and rivers. I have recently come across the EM trademark organisms. Would it be problematic to use those to clean up the water of a local river or is it not a good idea to introduce exotic microbes into the system?