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Community and Harmful Algal Blooms

Mitigating Microcystis in the Chesapeake
(2010-2012; NOAA)

Nutrient enrichment of the coastal zone is common to many nations globally, leading to eutrophic conditions often typified by blooms of harmful algae and cyanobacteria. The Chesapeake is no exception, with summer blooms of toxic and non-toxic strains of Microcystis aeruginosa documented for at least the last 40 years.  Individuals, local communities, state and federal agencies are responding to and affected by these blooms.  The project investigates the cultural knowledge and networks, at different spatial and temporal scales, that stakeholders use to understand and respond to harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay.



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