Inland HABs Program Website Revamped

The NALMS Inland HABs Program webpages have been updated and expanded! The information contained on the pages has been refocused around three key issues – providing public resources, sharing applied educational information, and featuring stories profiling approaches to understanding and managing cyanobacteria. The types of resources, information, and stories featured will grow over time, providing ever more relevant and timely information.

Some of the new features include:

 

Interactive map for cyanobacteria resources, projects and stories

This interactive map, based on the Classic Esri Story Map platform, provides easy access to information about public resources sorted by location, ongoing regional and national projects, and a variety of stories about how people and organizations are addressing cyanobacteria in their lakes and regions. For resources broken down by location, the “region” can be a state, province, territory, lake or watershed.

The resources contained in each tab are as follows:

  • Cyanos by Region | all cyanobacteria resources for a region
  • Report a Bloom | reporting methods for a region
  • Bloom Maps and Advisories | maps/advisories for a region
  • Projects | cyanobacteria efforts on a regional or national scale.
  • Stories | tales of addressing and managing cyanobacteria
  • Map Tips | guidance on the basic features of this map

 

Cyanobacteria stories from the waterfront

In addition to a great method for exploring resources, this interactive map is a tool to explore a range of approaches for studying, managing, and communicating about cyanobacteria blooms. To get things started, our stories section currently features articles from the four most recent HAB-dedicated issues of LakeLine. Over time, the stories section will be updated with features based on the experiences of NALMS members and non-members alike.

Although the NALMS Inland HABs Program attempted to identify and map all relevant resources, we undoubtedly missed a few things (and might have even made a few mistakes…). This map can and will be updated over time. If you know of resources we missed for your region, or see adjustments that should be made on we already have posted, or are willing to share your experience in dealing with cyanobacteria in your lake or region, please let us know.

 

Cyanobacteria Story Map

In addition to the interactive map discussed above, NALMS has begun building a more comprehensive Esri Story Map (using the newest template) focused on cyanobacteria. This Story Map currently features links to the relevant NALMS Inland HABs Program webpages, the interactive resources map, and general information about NALMS and its programs. Over time, this Story Map will grow and expand to include a greater range of information (and more maps!) related to cyanobacteria.

 

We are so happy to be at this point but are even more excited to see where we go next.

For any questions or to find out more, get in touch with the Inland HABs Program co-chairs:

Shane Bradt | University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension | shane.bradt@unh.edu , https://twitter.com/limnoshane

Angela Shambaugh | Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation | angela.shambaugh@vermont.gov