Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
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Coordinated monitoring programs (including URIWW staff and volunteers) document and help understand harmful cyanobacteria blooms. Check out cyanos.org to learn how you can get involved – including downloading the bloomWatch app.
The warm weather often brings HABs, especially in sites that regularly experience them. For a list of 2023 advisories – see the RIDEM Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) page – http://dem.ri.gov/programs/water/quality/surface-water/cyanobacteria.php
Older advisories can also be found using the above link, with a search tool.
The bloomWatch data dashboard shows reports of blooms submitted by app users locally, nationally and even globally – click HERE to see recent reports.
Learn more about HABs:
- URI Watershed Watch’s Summary
- Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council: How to identify a HAB video
- Centers for Disease Control and Preventions: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
- NALMS: Inland Harmful Algal Booms (HABs) Program
- NEIWPCC: Regional Cyanobacteria Workshops
- RI Department of Health: HABs
- Sampling for cyanobacteria Blooms
- RI Department of Environmental Management: HABs
- Factsheet: Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae)
- Marine harmful algal blooms
- USA EPA:
- Factsheet: Harmful Algal Blooms
- Cyanobacterial (Blue-Green Algal) Blooms: Tastes, Odors, and Toxins
- CyanoCenterUBA (European Union)- Decision Support Tool
- University of New Hampshire Center for Freshwater Biology:
- VT Department of Health: Cyanobacteria
- Cyanosite (Purdue University): For Research on Cyanobacteria
- California Department of Public Health: Algal Blooms
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Blue-green Algae and Harmful Algal blooms
- Causes, Effects and Management of ‘Blue Green Algae’ Cyanobacteria and their Harmful Algal Blooms in Australian Water: https://www.science20.com/causes_effects_and_management_of_blue_green_algae_cyanobacteria_and_their_harmful_algal_blooms_in_australian_water-139030