SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Blue-green algae blooms have been occurring in reservoirs, lakes, and oceans at increasing rates around the world. These blooms deplete oxygen in water bodies and can release liver and neurotoxins, as well as negatively impact ecosystems, health, recreation opportunities, and drinking water supplies. InstaBuff is a layered mat that was inspired by several organisms that filters nutrients, holds water, collects sediment and promotes plant growth. It can be easily unrolled to protect bodies of water from phosphorous runoff.