Presented by Tristan Taber
Algae blooms, especially those of cyanobacteria, appear to be increasing in regularity on Maine lakes in recent decades due to nutrient availability and the exacerbating effects of climate change. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — in conjunction with a collaborative group of academic, resource management, state, and technical professionals — has developed a smart phone application that leverages community participation to document and then notify state, local, and lake association officials when a bloom occurs. Tristan Taber will provide a brief overview of cyanobacteria and then perform an easy-to-follow, live demonstration of the application and show participants the data portal, where you can see submissions in near real-time. Get involved in this easy and helpful app for the identification and tracking of blooms.