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Satellite-Detected Cyanobacteria in Large U.S. Lakes on Your Android Phone

Water quality managers need access to current, inexpensive and quality data to protect water resources. To assist in the proactive management of cyanoHAB events, EPA researchers, along with researchers from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS have developed a time-efficient way to use satellite data in monitoring for cyanoHAB events to help protect recreational and drinking water sources.

A Deeper Look at HABs

Cyanobacteria that have the potential to cause HABs can be found in a diverse array of aquatic systems, from the highly visible planktonic blooms to less conspicuous benthic mats. To date, benthic cyanobacteria that grow on substrates in aquatic ecosystems have been overlooked in risk assessments.

Lake Champlain, USA: A Cost-Effective & Sustainable Monitoring Program

]In this article, we share the development of the Lake Champlain cyanobacteria monitoring program and the current design. Its citizen-supported sustainable approach is now applied statewide in Vermont and may be a useful example for others looking to develop a cyanobacteria monitoring program.

Cyanobacteria Identification

The process of assessing the potential danger of cyanobacteria in a water body includes several steps. Step 3 focuses on the identification of cyanobacteria present in the sample.

Cyanobacteria Bloom Field Sampling

The process of assessing the potential danger of cyanobacteria in a water body includes several steps. Step 1 focuses on how to sample a bloom in the field and preserve samples for analysis.

Cyanobacteria Bloom Detection

The process of assessing the potential danger of cyanobacteria in a water body includes several steps. This step focuses on how to detect a bloom.

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) [VIDEO]

With a special focus on Lake Erie, this Harmful Algal Blooms video covers the basics of HABs, including the causes, potential dangers, and sampling approaches.

Great Lakes HABs Collaboratory Aims for Collective Impact on HABs

The HABs Collaboratory follows the “Collective Impact” model, where individuals from a variety of different groups come together to solve a specific problem and are supported by a neutral backbone organization. The HABs Collaboratory provides a unique opportunity for researchers to interact with other researchers from a variety of disciplines and institutions and to facilitate the use of scientific information to support relevant decisions by managers and practitioners. 

Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

The Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative monitoring activities are carried out under three different program “tiers” that represent different monitoring objectives and complexity. Regardless of the level of expertise involved, all three programs (bloomWatch, cyanoScope, and cyanoMonitoring), in addition to professional monitoring entities, leverage the collection of data by crowdsourcing and citizen science.

Assessing Water Quality Trends in Affected Ontario Lakes

Unfortunately, for many lakes, long-term monitoring information on bloom history, productivity and nutrient levels, water column temperature, and other factors that may contribute to algal bloom formation often only exist for the last few years, if at all. Paleolimnology offers valuable insights into past environmental conditions to improve our understanding of current lake management issues.