Georgia inland watersheds are susceptible to toxic algae also known as Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) due to high summer temperatures, longer sunlight exposure, and nutrient runoff from fertilizers.(image source: Dr.Susan Wilde)
The dazzling and innocuous colors of cyanobacteria blooms don't fully reveal just how toxic they can be. Sometimes, a full scale problem may not be visually noticeable.(image source: Dr.Susan Wilde)
Contact with cyanobacteria contaminated water can cause a myriad of issues for people and other animals. Ingestion of water with high levels of cyanobacteria can lead to digestive and liver damage, skin and eye irritation, and possibly death.(image source: Dr.Susan Wilde)
Floods and extreme farm run-off can lead to an explosive growth of toxic cyanobacteria, forming a blanket of scum that prevents light to reach the plants beneath the water surface and degrading aquatic habitats coinciding with massive fish kills, bringing about both environmental and economic damage.(image source: Dr.Susan Wilde)
Targeted monitoring of these events from our deployable instrumentation is indispensable to the quality of Georgia's inland waters.(image source: OceanOptics.com)
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Watch CyanoTRACKER video!
Watch the cyanotracker video below on how you can provide vital information during your next trip to the lake.