Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) warning for river and lake visitors

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  1. is there any monitoring or even photo submission monitoring of california lakes that is available to the public? current conditions or liklihood of blooms on an alphabetical listing with sources? it seems like lakes where we have park rangers or management could have one or two rangers get out and take test samples at various traffic points and report test results to an online public resource website.. or even provide public with test kits where test locations can be geotagged by fishermen and other volunteers…i have seen dip tests at a pool and pond store in the past that have a blue green algae alert zone on them to indicate high levels of blue green algae …( not specific for weather its toxic but with high levels the potential for the toxin is greater)…this would be better than depriving ourselves and anyone who is worried the potential fun when conditions are least worrisome…i would like to take my dog to the lake mendocino dam to swim but everybody says it isnt safe even though i see no algae whatsoever..its early october..theres noone to consult about this that i can find..the ranger at the lake was not even sure who to ask!!

    • The Eel River Recovery Project does monitoring with volunteers at a number of sites along the Eel — I’d get in touch with them and see if who to talk to or how to get involved.

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