Solar Bees refresh Quemado Lake water
Quemado Lake is one of three popular fishing lakes in the Gila National Forest. The US Forest Service has installed new Solar Bees to improve water quality in the lake. These bees aren’t some robotic insects but rather solar powered reservoir circulators, which pull colder, oxygen-deficient water up from the bottom of the lake and spread it along the lake surface. The cold water then falls back to the bottom of the lake, resulting in continual mixing of the water.
These Solar Bees will soon help to monitor water temperature, dissolved oxygen and the acidity or alkalinity levels to gauge the impact of the devices on water quality. Although its not know how much was paid for it, the fisheries habitat enhancement dollars help pay for it.