Tulsa teen globally recognized for environmental innovations

photo: Tulsa teen Braden Milford simulates a dream for water purification tests

TULSA — A Tulsa teen making major strides in cleaning our rivers and streams is now getting global recognition for his advancements in environmental engineering.

"Seeing what will make an impact on the world really drives me forward," said Braden Milford, senior at Cascia Hall.

Braden created a water purification system right in his Cascia Hall classroom.

"My project associates environmentally extracted bacteria with algae in a jelly-like system that

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To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

photo: To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

Photo: The Great Barrier Reef, Northern Queensland, Australia

Rivers deliver sediment from land to the ocean. This sediment contains nutrients which can feed microscopic algae in water. But, if there is too much sediment and nutrients, delivered by floods from land-based erosion, algal blooms can occur that have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef.

The challenge is that sediment comes from many different locations and we need to know … [more…] “To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?”

As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies

Photo: warning signs. As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies

Photo: A toxic algae bloom in Oregon’s Detroit Lake caused havoc in May, when toxins made their way into the city of Salem’s drinking water. Oregon has since enacted rules requiring water systems to test for algae toxins. Dirk VanderHart/Oregon Public Broadcasting

The vague warning jolted citizens in and around Salem, Oregon to attention on May 29.

"Civil Emergency in this area until 1128PM," read the text message alert. "Prepare

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As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring

Photo: massive fish deaths and algal blooms. As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring network

When Florida Sea Grant director Karl Havens, who is a well-regarded expert on water and has studied pollution all over the world, began hearing about a deepening algae bloom in his own backyard in Lake Okeechobee this summer, he struggled to find information that could tell him what was going on.

State scientists sample water in the lake, but too infrequently to track rapidly evolving algae blooms. Instead, Havens had … [more…] “As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring”

Commentary: Florida’s great green algae disaster

Commentary: Florida's great green algae disaster — we asked for it ... us and Rick Scott

We asked for it… us and Rick Scott

Imagine for a moment that you see a guy slowly reaching toward a scalding hot stove. Everyone around screams: “Don’t touch it! You’ll hurt yourself!”

But the guy pays them no mind and places his palm flush upon the bright orange burner, only to scream in surprise and agony as his flesh begins to char.

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