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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases new bloomWatch webpage

A new era of bloomWatch is (almost) here…

The culmination of several years of work is about to yield fruit as bloomWatch enters a new era. Following the beta test of the new version of the bloomWatch last year, the updated bloomWatch app is set to be released in the summer of 2024.

Once released, the new version of the app will replace all previous versions on iOS and Android. In addition to being able to submit bloom reports through the bloomWatch app installed on a smartphone, it will also be possible to submit cyanobacteria reports through a bloomWatch web survey. Reports submitted through both the bloomWatch app and the bloomWatch web survey will become part of the bloomWatch dataset.

The new version of bloomWatch will serve as a major participatory science community bloom monitoring and reporting tool from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of their national program to address harmful algal blooms. The new app features the integration of app-submitted bloom reports into the EPA’s water quality database, automatic notification of report submission to relevant local agencies, and availability of the app in additional languages.

During the transition phase to the new version of bloomWatch, information will be available on both the current bloomWatch webpage and a newly created bloomWatch page on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website. Going into the future, this new EPA webpage will serve as the primary resource for bloomWatch.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bloomWatch webpage