SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — A startup company from Syracuse has created a way to mitigate harmful algal blooms in Central New York. Jason Dean, CEO of Eget Liber, created a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to kill the toxins produced by the harmful algal blooms.
“Technology that I’m using to eradiate is really not the new technology. What it is, is the approach of dealing with the algae at the source,” said Dean.
Eget Liber is latin for chemical free. The ROV does not spread chemicals into the lake when it is kills the toxins, according to Dean.
Skaneateles Lake is one of the Finger Lakes affected by these harmful algal blooms. In 2018, all 11 Finger Lakes reported harmful algal blooms.
“We wanna explore every, every technology that could possibly pilot, be piloted to advance this lake,” said Frank Moses, executive director of the Skaneateles Lake Association.
Dean said officials from southern U.S. states will be present for his vehicle’s initial research on Skaneateles Lake this summer.
Moses said he and Dean plan to meet in the near future.
Eget Liber is one of five finalists for the GENIUS NY business accelerator program at the Syracuse Technology Garden. The winner earns $1 million and the four runners-up earn $500,000.