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BloomWatch: EPA's Smart Phone Application for the Monitoring of Cyanobacteria Blooms
Algae blooms, especially those of cyanobacteria, appear to be increasing in regularity on Maine lakes in recent decades due to nutrient availability and the exacerbating effects of climate change. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — in conjunction with a collaborative group of academic, resource management, state, and technical professionals — has developed a smart phone application that leverages community participation to document and then notify state, local, and lake association officials when a bloom occurs. Tristan Taber will provide a brief overview of cyanobacteria and then perform an easy-to-follow, live demonstration of the application and show participants the data portal, where you can see submissions in near real-time. Get involved in this easy and helpful app for the identification and tracking of blooms.

Jun 25, 2021 03:55 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tristan Taber
@Tristan_Taber
Tristan Taber is a biologist and landscape architect whose work has greatly focused on water resources. He has performed work and research in ecology, restoration activities, bio-geomorphic processes, statistics, and stakeholder outreach. Currently the Training and Technical Outreach Coordinator for Lake Stewards of Maine, Tristan also works with the Maine DEP and volunteers with the Maine Audubon on the issue of landscape connectivity. Recently his work has also heavily involved data visualization, scripting, and toxin analysis. Formerly, Tristan worked with the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Maine DEP, at the University of Southern Maine and Maine Maritime Academy, and as an educator.