Blue Green Algae Update
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology is running a citizen science project to identify and share the location this dangerous phenomena can be found. They have developed a new app called “Bloomin’ Algae”. It has been created in collaboration with the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland. The idea is that users send a photo of the bloom and state what activity takes place at the location such as children paddling, dogs splashing about, livestock drinking etc. so that the potential risks to people and animals can be gauged.
Professor Laurence Carvalho, a freshwater ecologist at CEH who specialises in the study of algal blooms and water quality, helped devise the app with a number of colleagues.
“People can download the app from Android and Apple app stores and if they then come across an algal bloom, they can use the app to send us a photo and details of its location. We will then alert UK environment and health agencies so they can take appropriate action.”