"Since joining ASEP, our networking potential within our industry has greatly increased. It is nice to be able to call a friendly competitor with questions about a potential client, and upcoming job or to discuss safety and/or industry regulations. Since joining ASEP six months ago, we've more than paid for our entry fees. We have utilized the services of other members for sub-contract work as well as gotten several jobs and emergency response work from fellow members. We even got a Christmas card from a fellow ASEP member who we now do work with on a regular basis. I look forward to helping the ASEP membership grow as an additional avenue to help grow and develop our business."
ERS is proud to have competed in the 2000 Pinewood Derby, and to have supported the Boy Scouts of America and the local Anthony Wayne Area Council. We look forward to defending our titles in the years to come.
As an environmental emergency response contractor, ERS, Inc. has responded to many varied release scenarios, but this summer has provided us some very unusual situations. On July 17, 2001, we were mobilized by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to a possible petroleum release into Cedarville Reservoir, which happens to be the drinking water supply for the City of Fort Wayne. Absorbent booms were deployed at strategic locations to contain the "release". After much investigation and discussions, it was determined the "petroleum release" was actually an algae bloom. Constant winds form the Southwest had pushed the decomposing material against the shoreline, and the material did resemble heavy oil. Nature was allowed to take its course, and the bloom decomposed with no threat to fish, wildlife or humans. On September 5, 2001, ERS again mobilized to a local POTW, where an influent pond showed evidence of a release. The vibrant blue-green color had local officials fearing a complete upset of their wastewater treatment facility. Long hours and much sampling later, this "release" was determined to be a blue-green algae bloom, and presented no real threat to the POTW.
There have been no less than five of these types of "releases" reported across the State, which turned out to be naturally occurring phenomenon, including a blue-green algae bloom (Cylindrospermopsis) in Ball Lake that was toxic enough to warrant closure of the lake. Dr. Gwen White of the IDNR theorizes that the mild winters of the past few years, and low water levels, have contributed to the unique biology that led to these blooms, which generally occur during periods of warm, calm weather in lakes with little or no flow. The discovery of these organisms is very surprising since Cylindrospermopsis is a thought to be a subtropic-loving organism, originally found in Australia and recently in Florida.
Most of these "releases" were reported by the general public, and when reported were a legitimate cause for concern. However, it seems Mother Nature throws us a curve periodically, just to remind us that we do not, nor will we ever, completely understand or control her timeless rhythms.
Thanks to Dr. Gwen White, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Jed Pearson, Fisheries Biologist with IDNR at the Tri-Lakes Fisheries Station, for their information and help in understanding this phenomenon.