By Dr. Michael McFarland and Jennifer PeltzThe Delaware Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Friday that it had begun using water balloons to raise water levels in some of the state’s most highly-polluted drinking water basins.
DEQ Director Joe Acheb told reporters at a press conference that the balloons, called “water balloons,” are a natural response to the state of Delaware’s rapidly rising carbon dioxide emissions.
The balloon system, which was developed by a company called the Delaware Department for Water Resources (DWR), will be used on the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and Delaware River watersheds.
The balloons are being manufactured by a Delaware company called Water Balloon Inc. and will be deployed throughout the state.
The DWR said it expects to have about 1,200 balloons on the water by the end of the year, up from about 600 balloons currently deployed.
The agency said that as a result of the balloons deployment, the average amount of CO 2 released from the Delaware Basin will drop by 40% by the start of the next CO2 season.
The DEQ expects that the water balloons will also help reduce the amount of pollutants in the water and reduce the carbon dioxide release in the Delaware watershed.
DEP spokesperson, John Darnell, told reporters that the DEP will now use the balloons to release CO 2 from basins in the southern part of the Delaware and southern New England, and to lower the amount released from basres in the Atlantic.
He said that the amount in each balloon will vary depending on how far the balloons are from the source of the water, the type of water, and the amount that the balloon is inflated.
Darnes said that DEP plans to deploy the balloons around the Delaware State Water Project basins, as well as the Upper Delaware River Basin.
The lower-level Delaware River basin will receive the most water balloons, followed by the Delaware Bay Basin, the Upper Hudson River Basin, and then the Delaware Aquifer.
The Delaware Aquifers, which includes Delaware Bay and the Lower Hudson River, will receive about 700 balloons.
The DEP said that water balloons can reduce the release of carbon dioxide from basements and increase the release from the surrounding area.
The system will be able to remove carbon dioxide by releasing water, which will then be stored in tanks, said Darnells.
He added that the CO 2 will then escape to the atmosphere, and that the system can be adjusted for other water basin types, such as the Delaware Marine Park, to allow the CO2 to remain in the aquifer.
“The balloons have the potential to dramatically improve our ability to manage our carbon footprint,” said Drennan Stokes, senior director of the DEQ’s Carbon Capture and Storage Program.
“They have the ability to reduce the number of CO2 emissions from the basins by more than 50% compared to using the same volume of CO as we would in the current environment.”
According to a study by Cornell University, CO2 released from CO2 production will account for nearly half of the total amount of carbon emissions from US power plants in the year 2050, and nearly half in the years 2030 and 2050.
The Cornell study also found that CO2 release from CO 2 production is significantly less than CO2 releases from natural gas.
The study estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of CO-2 emitted from power plants is released as CO2 during power plant operations.
In addition, the researchers found that while the CO-02 released by power plants and other sources contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, its contribution is very small, and only slightly exceeds the overall contribution of other sources of greenhouse gas.
A study released earlier this year by the University of California, Berkeley, found that the vast majority of the CO gas produced by natural gas extraction, coal mining, and other energy activities in the US is released into the atmosphere.
The University of Delaware study, which examined natural gas released from power plant activities, found a higher CO-II release from power generation than from other sources, including coal mining and other natural gas operations.