Can You Guess What This Green Stuff Is?

Here’s a hint: you may want to put on a bathing suit.This general view shows water hyacinth covering a major portion of the polluted Bellandur Lake in Bangalore on March 24, 2017.Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

India’s Bellandur Lake, the largest lake in Bangalore, has seen its eco-system devolve in recent years. Long a dumping ground due to the area’s outsized urbanization, two groups are stepping in to help revitalize the lake for the dozens of animal species that call it home.

Representatives of the British-based Blue Water Bio and officials from the Israel-based Tahal Group visited the lake, when the photos seen here were taken. The pictures show water hyacinth covering a major portion of the polluted lake. Indian officials are planning to task the two international companies to help clean up the highly polluted and frothing Bellandur and Varthur lakes in the southern Indian city.

While nothing has been finalized yet, Tahal is hoping to bring some water ingenuity from Israel, a country known for its startup culture, to the project. Their high-tech innovations – such as desalination and drip-irrigation – are now commonplace all across the globe. In places like California and Nevada in the parched American West, they are allowing clean, drinkable water to flow in the face of a historic drought. With any luck, India’s Bellandur Lake will get the same kind of assistance.

This general view shows water hyacinth covering a major portion of the polluted Bellandur Lake in Bangalore on March 24, 2017.This overhead view shows water hyacinth covering Bellandur Lake in Bangalore on March 24, 2017. (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

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