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Cyanobacteria are a natural & essential part of our rivers & lakes, & have existed for billions of years. Unfortunately, under the right conditions (warm temperatures, good sunlight, slow flowing water & low water levels) populations of this bacteria can grow quickly, forming algal blooms. Such blooms can sometimes be harmful to humans & their pets due to toxins produced by the bacteria. The occurrence of harmful blooms in the Nashwaak River has been of increasing concern to watershed residents.
This year we are partnering with ACAP St John & UNB to monitor cyanobacteria in our watershed. We have a couple of sites in the lower Nashwaak River where we have installed passive collectors to detect cyanotoxins, anatoxin-a & microcystin to aid researchers & The Government of New Brunswick in developing a better understanding of cyanobacteria.
If you see one of our monitoring sites like this one in the river, please leave it be.
For more info: ow.ly/wboF50AuUDY
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