Maui turns excess algae into fertilizer

A demonstration on Maui shows how a filter system can turn a residential nuisance into valuable fertilizer By Gary T. Kubota gkubota@starbulletin.com WAILUKU Maui County and state officials are testing a pump ... Full Story

“Too small to notice”

Since: Jun 08

Kahuku , Ka'U

#1 Jul 21, 2008
Intercepting those nutrients BEFORE they got into the water would be too much trouble for somebody. What's the fecal coliform count on that beach?
John

Fremont, CA

#2 Jul 21, 2008
Agree about intercepting the nutrients before hey hit the ocean, but Maui's algae problems stem more from the use of fertilizers (especially inorganic) for sugar, pineapple, golf courses and lawns. The composting idea is good, but it should be extended--ban inorganic fertilizers and have green waste collection, composting and distribution of the resulting fertilizer.
robin metze

Alhambra, CA

#3 Jul 21, 2008
now, at long last the organic solution to problems.. not just send it to the "DUMP" but to use this good organic growth.. keep up the good work..aloha
sickman fraud

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jul 21, 2008
With the rising cost of fertilizers these kinds of project are doable. Seaweed will make great compost. Just keep it organic.
Hookoa

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jul 21, 2008
Is there a potential for salt poisoning of agricultural land? Is the algae washed/cleaned of salt?
manoamakaainana

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jul 21, 2008
If all the salt is washed out, it should make great fertilizer. If someone were to market it and send it to Oahu, I would buy it. Good job Maui!
Lovey from Hawaii

Berkeley, CA

#7 Jul 21, 2008
Hooray for Hawaii!
Poponut

Satellite Provider

#8 Jul 21, 2008
Certainly a wise use of taxpayer monies and with beneficial results, great natural organic compost, cleaner less foul smelling beaches,less nutrients released back into the ocean and better health for coral and fish. Kudos...finally some public servants who are receptive to the needs of the people!
A Fish Out of H2O

AOL

#9 Jul 21, 2008
At least someone is thinking on Maui!!!!!!!!!
Waimea Williams

Kaneohe, HI

#10 Jul 21, 2008
This looks like a very promising partnership among the government, the scientific community, and farmers. It could become a win-win contribution to sustainability.
GO GREEN

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jul 21, 2008
Good use of doing something that works in other areas and replicating it so we all benefit. Good work. You don't hear too many good feeling stories anymore!!! Great Job!!!
sludgeking

Chicago, IL

#12 Aug 9, 2008
What genus /species of algae are you removing from the Maui beaches?
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Richard Richardson

Honolulu, HI

#13 Aug 9, 2008
Hookoa wrote:
Is there a potential for salt poisoning of agricultural land? Is the algae washed/cleaned of salt?
The smallest crop yields in the world occur in Iraq where irrigation practices have built up the salt over millennia. This process should do the same thing over a far shorter period because the algae has spent time in an ocean environment.

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