- Associated Press - Saturday, October 13, 2018

SMITHFIELD, Maine (AP) - Officials involved in the cleanup of a Maine lake say they might have found a long-term solution to algae blooms that have caused the body of water to look like pea soup.

The algae blooms have typically marred Smithfield’s East Pond in mid-August. The Morning Sentinel reports the East Pond Association and 7 Lakes Alliance is finishing the second half of a treatment that prevented the blooms this summer.

The treatment is alum, which is a combination of aluminum sulfate and sodium aluminate. A scientist and an engineer loaded a barge with tanks of it on Friday to apply on a 670-acre area of the lake.

The project cost more than $1 million. It was funded with a combination of grants and donations and $232,000 in state money.

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