Harmful Algae Blooms

Penn State Extension Water Resources Specialist, Bryan Swistock, discusses the causes and problems associated with harmful algal blooms in PA.
Harmful Algae Blooms - Webinars
Skill Level: Beginner
Language: English

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Recorded: April 29, 2015 12:00 PM

He describes what these algal blooms are, why they grow in ponds and lakes, and what pond owners can do for prevention and control. The health impact to humans and domesticated animals is also covered. Several species of cyanobacteria are described in detail.

Time Log

  • 0:01 - Introduction
  • 1:00 - Harmful Algal Bloom Basics
  • 4:30 - The Role of Good Algae in Ponds and Lakes
  • 7:30 - Types of Algae
  • 9:14 - Cyanobacteria (Blue Green Algae)
  • 13:43 - Blue Green Algae Look-A-Likes (Watermeal)
  • 15:15 - Why Do Algae and Plants Grow?
  • 17:35 - Seven Habits of Successful Blue Green Algae
  • 19:00 - Nutrients in the Pond Watershed
  • 27:18 - Ideal Conditions for Harmful Algal Blooms
  • 28:20 - Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
  • 31:26 - Species of Cyanobacteria
  • 35:00 - Reacting to and Controlling Algal Blooms
  • 44:27 - Penn State Extension Harmful Algae Bloom Project
  • 46:03 - Question/Answer Session Begins
  • 56:18 - Webinar Ends


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