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Phytoremediation

Phytoremediation

Phytoremediation is the use of plants to decrease levels of contaminants. Phytoremediation can positively impact contaminated soils, sludges, sediments, surface water, and groundwater. It is an ideal cleanup technology for Lake Atitlán: natural, low-cost, and driven...
Bioremediation

Bioremediation

Bioremediation uses beneficial microorganisms to restore environments to health where humans or environmental catastrophes have caused degradation. With bioremediation, the beneficial microorganisms out-compete bad bacteria and pathogens and digest contaminants. In a...
The “Master Plan”

The “Master Plan”

A 2015 Master Plan for drinking water supply and wastewater treatment in the Lake Atitlán basin proposes new treatment plants and a giant sewage pipeline, connecting all the towns around the lake, which will export sewage out of the basin. Technically, the Master Plan...

Organic Agriculture

Many of the native people who live in the Lake Atitlán basin are farmers; however, the chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides that they use are a major cause of contamination for the lake. Promoting organic farming is therefore of paramount importance to...