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CYANOMONITORING

PROFESSIONALS AND TRAINED
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS MONITORING
SURFACE WATERS FOR CYANOBACTERIA

Monitoring cyanobacteria in surface waters to determine the environmental factors that cause blooms

WHAT IS CYANOMONITORING?

Our cyanoMontoring program goes beyond cyanobacteria bloom events to monitor cyanobacteria populations over time. A long-term systematic approach to understanding how cyanobacteria respond to environmental conditions is the best way to learn how and why problems may occur.

The cyanoMonitoring approach involves the periodic collection of water using an integrated tube sampling device. This water is run through a fluorometer to determine the amount of chlorophyll (found in all phytoplankton) and phycocyanin (found commonly in cyanobacteria).

Observing chlorophyll and phycocyanin patterns over time provides details about cyanobacteria populations change throughout the year. If we can understand how cyanobacteria populations vary with water conditions, it may be possible to predict the appearance of blooms.

HOW DOES CYANOMONITORING WORK?

Collect water samples

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Analyze your samples

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WHEN AND WHERE ARE CYANOBACTERIA FOUND?

Click here to explore measurements collected by cyanoMonitoring efforts on our data explorer webpage

CYANOMONITORING NEWS & CONTACTS

Learn about the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

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Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Lead

Hilary Snook
US EPA Region I

snook.hilary@epa.gov

Data & Analysis

Jeff Holister
US EPA Office of Research and Development

hollister.jeff@epa.gov

Get in touch with the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

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