Science Inventory

Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Cyanobacterial Blooms in Rhode Island Ponds

Citation:

Shivers, S., Jeff Hollister, B. Kreakie, AND Bryan Milstead. Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Cyanobacterial Blooms in Rhode Island Ponds. Meeting with homeowners on Mashapaug Pond, Providence, Rhode Island, December 06, 2018.

Impact/Purpose:

Most data on productivity in lakes and ponds is collected infrequently and at few locations within a given lake. This presentation summarizes the first year of a study in Mashapaug Pond in Providence, Rhode Island to address this limitation. The impact of this work is that we will now be able to examine spatial and temporal variability of harmful algal blooms at scales that were previously difficult to assess. The first year of data we have collected suggests changes to the dynamics of blooms at these finer scales.

Description:

Cyanobacteria are natural components of freshwater ecosystems. When conditions are favorable (e.g., high nutrient inputs), cyanobacteria can form dense blooms that have negative effects on human and animal health, ecosystem functioning, and aesthetics. When blooms occur they can often develop rapidly requiring frequent sampling to adequately capture bloom dynamics. The purpose of this study was to investigate the spatial and temporal variation of cyanobacterial blooms in several Rhode Island ponds. The purpose of this study is to focus on Mashapaug Pond in Providence, RI. Seven sites were sampled weekly or biweekly between June and November 2018. Physical parameters were measured at all sites, and water samples were collected for chlorophyll a and turbidity analyses. Our sampling indicated fine scale variability that may be important in better understanding cyanobacterial bloom events. The results of this study will be used to evaluate potential bloom indicators, such as temperature, and eventually develop predictive models based on how the indicators vary through space and time.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Product Published Date: 12/06/2018
Record Last Revised: 12/10/2018
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 343571

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

ATLANTIC ECOLOGY DIVISION

MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT BRANCH