BIOREMEDIATION USING BENEFICIAL MICROORGANISMS
Starting small – planned activities
We are raising funds to set up a beneficial microorganisms production facility in Santiago Atitlán. Construction is already underway. Once established, the facility will have the capacity to produce 500 gallons per week of extended, activated beneficial microorganisms.
Once we have the capacity to extend beneficial microorganisms, we will begin a six-month wastewater treatment pilot project at the San Bartolo sewage plant in Sololá. This project will be a collaboration with AMSCLAE, who will oversee collection of water quality data.
We will also work with local volunteers to promote the use of beneficial microorganisms for treatment of wastewater in businesses (eg hotels) and households, as well as for organic composting. The project will include outreach education work through schools and community organizations, to increase environmental awareness and mobilize support for sustainable alternatives to the practices that are killing Lake Atitlán.
With enough support, this project could be a catalyst for extension facilities all around Lake Atitlán. N facilities producing 500 gallons of concentrated solution per week would be able to supply every wastewater treatment plant in the Atitlán basin as well as farmers and businesses. This would address the problem of nutrients and pathogens contaminating the lake at source.
Total: US$ 30,000
Raised so far: US$ 3,500
US$ 14,000 to construct and equip the extension facility
US$ 11,000 to purchase startup stocks of microbial mother culture and molasses
US$ 5,000 to set up the pilot wastewater treatment project
Why we need your help
We cannot sit back and wait for the authorities and power-brokers to take action. The money that should be there to prevent the impending environmental devastation in the Atitlán basin simply is not – not from government, and not from big international donors.
So we depend on people like you to support remediation efforts. We are applying for small grants for all our planned projects, but this takes time and as a new organization it is difficult to get our first project grant. We sustain the tul reforestation campaign week-to-week through individual donations.
The communities of Lake Atitlán are ready to take action. Their health and livelihoods depend on the lake, and they are already living with the environmental consequences of decades of disinformation, corruption, and neglect. By working together and enlisting the help of a global community of people who care about our Mother Earth, we can save Lake Atitlán.
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