They are everywhere! Cyanobacteria, often referred to as blue-green algae, naturally occur virtually everywhere, including our freshwater ponds. Poor water quality and other factors contribute to excessive growth resulting in harmful cyanobacteria blooms that are not only aesthetically unpleasing, but also pose health risks to pets and people.
With local partners, APCC has been working with scientists from UNH and EPA in developing a monitoring program that will provide a rapid assessment of when concerning levels of cyano-toxins are present in our ponds. In this workshop, we’ll discuss this emerging problem, present the science behind the rapid assessment protocol and explain the monitoring programs currently underway, followed by a panel discussion.
Who should attend? Town officials – health agents, board of health members, natural resources and conservation administrators, conservation commissioners, pond association representatives, and interested members of the public.
8:15-8:45 Sign In; Coffee
8:45-9:00 Opening remarks by Andrew Gottlieb, APCC Executive Director
9:00-9:30 – Freshwater Ponds ~ An Overview of Threats to Water Quality – Mark Nelson, Principal, Horsley-Witten Group
9:30-10:00 – The Science Behind A Rapid Assessment Cyanobacteria Monitoring Method - Nancy Leland, University of New Hampshire, Lim-Tex
10:00- 10:15 – Break
10:15-10:30 APCC's cyano-monitoring program - Bryan Horsley, APCC Restoration Technician and cyano program coordinator
10:30-10:45 Town of Barnstable's monitoring program - Karen Malkus, Barnstable Coastal Health Resource Coordinator
10:45- 11:15 Q&A and Panel Discussion with Presenters - Moderated by Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, APCC Director of Science Programs
11:15- 11:30 Wrap Up & Next Steps