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Blind spots in CyanoHAB monitoring

July 28, 2023

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By Anne Wilkinson, Dendy Lofton and Katie Kemmitt

For Lakeline Magazine, Anne Wilkinson, Dendy Lofton, and Katie Kemmitt share best practices for monitoring Cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms

Cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) are an increasing ecologic and public health concern in waterbodies across the globe. Understanding and mitigating the risk of CyanoHABs relies on robust datasets. However, the complexity and uncertainty of CyanoHABs can lead to blind spots in monitoring plans. CyanoHABs monitoring program managers face many challenges including monitoring parameters, equipment calibration, sampling location, and monitoring frequency. This article published in Lakeline Magazine outlines common blind spots in CyanoHAB monitoring and recommendations for overcoming CyanoHAB monitoring challenges.

  • Anne Wilkinson

    Anne is a water resource engineer with experience in-lake management, water quality monitoring, and modeling in urban and rural lakes and reservoirs. She’s also an expert on harmful algal bloom risk assessment and management.

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  • Dendy Lofton

    A certified lake manager, Dendy is an associate and senior limnologist based in Minneapolis. There, she uses her expertise in biogeochemical nutrient cycling, limnology, and harmful algal blooms to lead the lake restoration and management team.

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  • Katie Kemmitt

    Known for her love of collaboration, Katie is an environmental scientist. Based in Minneapolis, she’s passionate about improving and protecting our precious water resources.

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