Wednesday, March 25, 2020

BIOME at the WOMEN and WATER Day celebration at KANIVENAHALLI GLPS, Malur

The BIOME team spoke to about 60 women on rainwater harvesting and how there can be an imagination to revive to the shallow aquifer and hence the shallow open wells


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Solutions for Rejuvenating Bengaluru’s lakes workshop, Conducted by ATREE: 11th and 12th of Dec, 2019.

BIOME participated in a  2 day workshop ‘Solutions for Rejuvenating Bengaluru’s lakes ‘ organised by ATREE on the 11th and 12th of December 2019.

After  context setting by ATREE  A diverse set of speakers whose expertise ranged from Water management solutions, Wastewater management in the context 
of ‘Smart Cities’ ,  Boosting citizen lake management capacity via apps and Using water plants /algae to arrest nutrient increase or cleanse waters (Constructed 
wetland treatment systems) presented potential solutions. 

This was followed by a Panel Discussion consisting of Dr. Annapurna Kamath on monitoring & solutions, including financing opportunities for implementation 
and monitoring effectiveness/benefits of solutions

Day 2 saw  organizations explaining their  work in water conservation are their respective area of expertise 

Wastewater Wizard: Presented their work on wastewater treatment systems using worm based technology

Clean water wave: Explained effectiveness of their new product ‘Active filter media’ replacement to sand filters in RO plants to improve drinking water quality

Charu Bhanot: PhD fellow from TERI presented her ongoing work on Wetlands and its effect biodiversity in Delhi

CDD society: Presented their latest work in treating Wastewater entering lakes in whitefield.

Biome: Biome presented its work on RWH, Million recharge wells program and Jakkur lake case study


A Group activity was organized where all participants were divided into three groups and discussed present problems, available techniques and new interventions.
Topic were
  • Monitoring and governance solutions
  • Solutions for rejuvenating lakes
  • Wastewater treatment and reuse

This was followed by a visit to Jakkur Lake  
The Jakkur walk narrative was around the formation of a citizens group (Jalposhan) to rejuvenate Jakkur lake and their responsibility   
with common consensus towards adopting the lake, their approach to gather stakeholders and collaboration to provide holistic solutions.  Discussions 
were focused on the technical aspects like Wetland construction, biodiversity, community park, wastewater treatment, role of Kalyani, water quality,
fishing and regular maintenance of the lake and the importance of keeping citizen’s interest through different programs by citizen science groups.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Yadgir/Raichur CSR meet organised in Dec 2019 by Planning department

Yadgir/Raichur CSR meet was organised in Dec 2019 by Shalini Rajneesh, Planning department 

This link
has documents on proceedings of the 18th CSR meeting participants' details and PPT Presented by the organization representatives.

Monday, March 2, 2020

DO at Kaikondrahalli and Kasavanahalli Lakes on 2nd March 2020

Date : 2nd March 2020

Kaikondrahalli Lake : 7:30am 

  1. At the bridge (outlet from lake) @2m below water level 3.4mg/l at 24.8C
  2. Behind the gazebo (near the outlet) @1m below water level 2.7mg/l @ 25C

Kasavanahalli Lake : 8:00am : 25.6C
  1. The outlet was dry - so a little distance away from the outlet at 0.5m below water level 3.2mg/l
  2. @1m below water level 2.8mg/l 

From the KKHalli outlet bridge

What the water looks like at KKHalli where the DO was measured

Measuring DO at KKHalli

Point on KSVHalli Lake where DO was measured

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Map of Wells and Ponds at Cubbon Park

BIOME organises an Ulsoor Lake Walk as a part of the SUBMERGE events

BIOME Organised a walk around Ulsoor Lake as part of the SUBMERGE events :  (between minutes 1:46 and 1:50)

The following was covered
  • History of the lake system in Bangalore and the rivers that they flow into 
  • The water that is fed into the lake 
  • The functions of the Lake and Wetlands 
  • The function of the Wetlands, its plant species and the Biodiversity it sustains in the urban scenario 
  • Connecting the Well, Lake, Borewell and STP

BIOME's participation at the Consultation on Lake Ecology & Biodiversity in Cities, 21st December 2019

A Public Consultation on “Lake Ecology & Biodiversity in Cities” was held at  Jain College, Bengaluru on 21st December 2019 between 10am - 1pm.   

BIOME was invited to the Consultation and to release Doddakallasandra Lake Biodiversity Report and deliver the key note address to all the citizens concerned to in  deteriorating  Wetlands & Biodiversity in Bengaluru.  

Million Wells Campaign: In the Deccan Herald : 24th Feb 2020