Healing Ponds and Lakes: EnBiorganic’s Microbiology In Action

Healing the lakes and ponds on Long Island is a challenge that Spadefoot, as a licensee of EnBiorganic Technologies, is eager to take on.  The problem we face is excess nutrients. In the beginning of the fall, we took a camera crew down to Nashville and Tennessee State University (TSU) to meet with and interview Rod Dickerson, CTO of EnBiorganic, as well as Bob Dumur, their chief engineer, and Professor Thomas Byl, a professor at TSU who has been testing and monitoring the water in a 30 acre lagoon on campus that has been regularly plagued with harmful algal blooms.

As a licensee of EnBiorganic‘s technology for healing lakes and ponds and for optimizing sewage treatment plants, we felt it was important to see the lagoon for ourselves, and to meet with the people who are bringing this breakthrough technology to market.   We needed to film this breakthrough, so that others would believe it.

Below is a short film on EnBiorganic based on our visit.

EnBiorganic Technologies is a four year old start up that only recently went to market with their flagship product, the ESB-Di.  The core scientists in the company have, however, decades of experience in wastewater treatment and environmental remediation.   With the advent of digital technology, AI, Cloud-based computing, and GPS, it became possible for them to automate the whole process of bioremediation.


This 325 lbs. 2’X3’X4′ unit can equally address a harmful algal bloom or treat up to 4 million gallons a day at a sewage treatment plant.  In either case, the ‘colloquia’ of bacteria rapidly adapts to the nutrient composition in the water, and effectively digesting the excess organic matter, restoring ecological function.  Prof. Byl’s field observations did note more fish and wildlife once the system was running.   The water quality improved dramatically.

Enbiorganic: Healing Lakes and Ponds

Spadefoot is very eager to demonstrate this technology locally, here on Long Island.   So many ponds and lakes on Long Island are artificial, relics from a preindustrial past.  Creeks and rivers were dammed up starting with the Dutch, to run their saw mills and grist mills, or as ponds for harvesting ice to fill ice boxes.  Parks and estates typically had an artificial lake as part of the landscape.  Long Island also has “kettle lakes,” formed when chunks of glacial ice were buried in silt, then melted.  They are particularly susceptible to blooms because there is no stream flowing in or out.

Post World War II, Long Island quadrupled in population, and with all the construction and destruction, the many “impoundments” began to fill with silt, street and lawn runoff, with less and less native biome to filter the water before it leeched in.   Hundreds of thousands of cesspools raised nitrogen levels in the surface water, along with fertilizer and street runoff.   Then of course the lakes and ponds grew lifeless.

Is there a favorite pond or lake in your community that you’d never swim or fish in anymore?  Contact Us.  Call us at (631) 759-4343 or email us at info@spadefootny.com.   After an initial site survey where we gather up the requirements, we will present a proposal to you and then if approved we will set up a system for you.

If the system works as we predict it will, based on deployments now in ten states, you pay only a monthly subscription fee.  This is TaaS — Treatment As A Service.  We will visit on a monthly basis to inspect the ESB-Di and make sure it has adequate supplies of the bacteria we grew onsite to treat your “excess nutrient” problem.  We manage, monitor, and maintain the unit for you.    As Long Islanders, we are truly disheartened by the state of our waters.    Here with EnBiorganic, however, we have an exciting new approach that uses nature to heal nature, rebalancing the populations of bacteria within the water.


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