Working with EPA Region 1 and CitiSci.org, NEIWPCC developed and released a new smartphone app, bloomWatch that turns a phone or tablet into a scientific instrument for monitoring cyanobacteria blooms.
The smartphone app enables citizen scientists to help document potentially harmful blooms by submitting a photograph and other information from a smartphone or tablet. The app can report geographical location automatically and anyone can view observations submitted through the app in multiple ways, including a map view, on CitSci.org.
In all 7 of NEIWPCC’s member states, and in 11 other states and the District of Columbia, a designated environmental-protection or health agency staff member will receive notification of each observation by email. Agency personnel then assess the need for a state or local response, such as additional sampling or a local public health advisory.