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BLOOMWATCH APP

CROWDSOURCING TO FIND AND REPORT
POTENTIAL CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS

Tracking cyanobacteria blooms using a smartphone with the help of the public

WHAT IS THE BLOOMWATCH APP?

Do you notice that a lake suddenly turned the color of pea soup or a blue-green paint spill? Or do you see green clumps, flakes or filaments floating in a lake?

Cyanobacteria bloom

Blooms in fresh waterbodies are commonly due to cyanobacteria, which have the potential to produce toxins that affect humans, pets, and our ecosystems.

State and local officials can’t be watching every lake at all times! By using the bloomWatch app on your smartphone, you will help us understand where and when these organisms may be causing issues.

bloomWatch can be used to monitor cyanobacteria blooms

Install the bloomWatch app on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

Download bloomWatch

HOW DOES THE BLOOMWATCH APP WORK?

Download bloomWatch app

1. Download the app

Install bloomWatch app on your smartphone or tablet

Download for iOS
Download for Android
Report cyanobacteria blooms

2. Learn what to look for

Get familiar with the appearance of cyanobacteria blooms

See blooms reported by others
Report blooms using bloomWatch app

3. Report what you found

Document blooms with the app

1) use bloomWatch app to take good photos of potential blooms, 2) submit your photos to the project, 3) send info to the relevant state agency

NOTE: Avoid bloom and don’t touch the water
NOTE: Submissions through bloomWatch do not constitute a formal report to authorities

WHERE HAVE BLOOMS OCCURRED?

Click here to explore blooms submitted through bloomWatch on the CitSci.org bloomWatch page

bloomWatch on CitSci.org

BLOOMWATCH NEWS & CONTACTS

Learn about the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

main webpage

bloomWatch Lead

Jasper Hobbs
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

JHobbs@neiwpcc.org

Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Lead

Hilary Snook
US EPA Region I

snook.hilary@epa.gov

Get in touch with the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

contacts & listserv

Read the latest BLOOMWATCH NEWS BELOW or check out all bloomWatch stories