Targeting optimal solutions to control Cyanobacterial blooms growth

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With increasing eutrophication, lakes and reservoirs become more and more sensitive to heavy blooms of bluegreen algae. These ancient, ubiquitous organisms, properly called Cyanobacteria, are capable of producing various potent toxins that are released in the water. They can cause serious health problems when animals and people are swimming or ingesting the polluted water. Expected increasing temperatures and surface run-off during heavy rains, both due to climate change, will aggravate the situation.

Cyano Control Guidance Benefits

  • Cyano Control Guidance aims to help waterquality managers in finding their way in the maze of proven and non-proven measures to abate the problems associated with Cyanobacterial blooms.
  • It provides factsheets with information on seven different methods of control.
  • On the basis of a few straightforward questions, the user describes the issue at hand and the urgency of a solution.
  • Control measures are proposed that are most likely to deliver an appropriate answer.

The Guidance Tool will help you to locate control options that may fit your situation. The accompanying factsheets for each control option give references for further reading, providing the user with a sound basis to proceed with the design of solutions tailor-made to a particular situation.

The Cyano Control Guidance Tool is based on a Dutch language version designed for watermanagers in The Netherlands, called Beating the Blues, which was launched in March 2014.

Tool Expert(s)

Jasper Stroom

Jasper Stroom

Senior advisor waterquality , Waternet

+31 (0)6 575 43 213

Michiel Hootsmans

Michiel Hootsmans

Senior scientist aquatic ecology, KWR

+31 (0)30 60 69 648

Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins are increasingly causing problems worldwide. A straightforward set of questions assists in sorting out the most promising control methodology.

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