algae blooms

The dangers of blue-green algae in surface water

10/05/2011

What are blue-green algae?


Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are microscopic organisms that are naturally present in surface water.


How blooms are caused


Species of blue-green algae may dominate and increase excessively in water when the:



  • nutrient levels, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen are sufficient to support the population growth

  • water is still and turbulence is low (lack of mixing)

  • weather patterns are stable for a long time
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