Looking at the Impacts of Nanosilver on Fresh Water
In 2014, researchers began to add nanosilver, tiny particles that have anti-microbial properties, to an IISD-ELA lake.
Nanosilver particles that have anti-microbial properties are being added to many consumer items including clothing, washing machines, and baby products. The release of these compounds to freshwater ecosystems have unknown effects on lakes and rivers. In 2014, researchers began to add nanosilver to an IISD-ELA lake.
Following two years of experimental nanosilver additions, we start to recover and monitor Lake 222 in 2016. To date, large scale changes have not been observed. Several papers on this project have been published several more are on the way.
This project is carried out in collaboration with Trent and Lakehead universities.