Muttukadu, a small town located on the outskirts of Chennai, is well-known for the lush greenery surrounding the place, the backwaters and the serene environment. However, the region has lost its sheen and the diverse flora and fauna in recent times due to growing algal blooms in Muttukadu Estuary.
Algal blooms are not a new phenomenon as you might have seen the green algae covering large areas of coastlines, lakes, ponds, reservoirs etc. However, the exponential growth of harmful algal blooms in freshwater is a matter of grave concern for aquatic organisms, the environment, as well as public health. Therefore, urgent solutions are required to prevent algal bloom.