New App for Algae
EASTERN ONTARIO, August 24, 2015 — Algae and aquatic plant observations can now be made on your smart phone. The People, Aquatic Plants and Healthy Lakes Project has just released an Android app for lake and river users to report any algae or aquatic plants that they observe on their waterbody.
The Android app called Citizen Water Watch can be downloaded for free at the Google play store. App users will be asked to take a photo of what they are reporting, provide a description and the location of their observation. Reports from the app will be stored in a central database for Eastern Ontario lakes and rivers. This database will provide information on when, where and how often algal blooms and excessive aquatic plant growth is occurring.
Algae and aquatic plants are a part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem but too many can put stress on fish and other organisms in our lakes and rivers. Many local recreational water users have noted an increase in algae and aquatic plant growth, despite little observed change in nutrient concentrations which are often the cause of algal blooms and excessive aquatic plant growth. Reporting observations of algae and aquatic plants will help us better understand the excessive plant growth and find ways to improve aquatic environments.
The People, Aquatic Plants and Healthy Lakes Project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is run by a collaborative group of Friends of the Tay Watershed Association, Carleton University, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation.
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