Press release NIOO-KNAW

Not all lakes are alike: spatial differences key to successful restoration

16 July 2019

Degradation of lakes is a worldwide problem, with symptoms including toxic algae blooms. Restoration is possible, but takes a lot of time and effort. To determine what approach is most effective, spatial differences between lakes must be considered, argues a NIOO-led team of researchers in Science of The Total Environment. It's a factor that had been largely neglected until now.

Lake Loosdrecht

Lake Loosdrecht in the Netherlands is a popular recreation area that's on its way to recovery after decades of looking like thick green soup. What hasn't recovered yet is a healthy growth of water plants, and despite all the restoration efforts, many parts of the area remain off-limits to swimmers.

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The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO)

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. It conducts ecological research on land, in the ocean and in fresh water and studies how living organisms interact with one another and their environment. NIOO stimulates biodiversity and sustainability in nature and society through its worldwide network of researchers, policymakers, conservationists and other stakeholders.

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is located in Wageningen (Droevendaalsesteeg 10, 6708 PB Wageningen).