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Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Forum | Algae Control Methods – Beyond Monitoring & Avoidance

TITLE  |  Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Forum | Algae Control Methods – Beyond Monitoring & Avoidance

DATE & TIME  |  March 24th, 2022 – 2:00-4:30pm Eastern

VIDEOS  |  Recordings of the presentations are now available

DETAILS  |  This virtual forum will be broken in to two consecutive hour-long sessions (2:00-3:00pm, 3:00-4:00pm Eastern) featuring presentations followed immediately by question and answer sessions. The presentations will cover in-lake algae loss methods and in-lake algae growth control. After both talks and question sessions have been completed, breakout groups will be opened (4:00-4:30pm) for anyone interested in continuing to discuss topics from the presentations and/or other related topics.

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ABSTRACT  |  The control of algae in waterbodies is important to maintaining designated uses and valued features of our lakes and ponds. This presentation covers the range of methods for controlling algae, including watershed management to reduce nutrient inputs, in-lake approaches that seek to directly remove algae, and in-lake methods that reduce the growth of algae. Special attention will be paid to control of internal loading of phosphorus, which is now recognized as a major influence on algal abundance and a major factor in cyanobacteria blooms. Modes of algae bloom formation will be described and the ways in which control methods interact with bloom formation will be covered. Ample time for discussion will be offered.

PRESENTER BIO  | Dr. Ken Wagner holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Cornell University, with his Ph.D. earned in Natural Resource Management in 1985.  He has over 45 years of experience working on a variety of water resources assessment and management projects, including lake, reservoir, river and watershed assessment, rehabilitation, and management, regulatory processes, and educational programs.  In 2010 he started Water Resource Services, a small company with a focus on water supply protection and lake management consulting. He is a former President of the North American Lake Management Society and former Editor in Chief of Lake and Reservoir Management, a peer-reviewed journal. Ken is currently revising the Practical Guide to Lake Management in Massachusetts, which he originally prepared in 2004.