Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water Supplies. Cyanobacteria – An Emerging Issue. 2.7 billion years Microscopic Organisms Blue-green Algae Many Different Types Found in All Water Bodies Usually Found in Low Numbers. Increased Concentrations May Create Problem Blooms. Low Water Flow
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and they break down in the stomach.
die, the toxins are released into the water where they can be directly ingested.
Can cause serious damage to liver, kidneys, nervous system
There are no uniform procedures for sampling, performing cell counts, or treating cyanobacteria impacted waters.
Expected As Climate Change
Results in Warmer Water
Temperatures & Periodic Drought
(Low Flow) Conditions.
Blooms appear to be increasing along the coasts and in freshwaters.
1. Be Aware of Issue
2. Implement Source Water Protection for Prevention
3. Plan Ahead for Cyanobacteria Blooms in Your ER Plan
Reduce nitrogen and phosphorus flowing through the watershed to the reservoir from land uses such as: