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Using satellite images and patented image processing, Blue Water Satellite can accurately determine levels of chemicals and biological organisms in water and on land, using the same technology NASA uses to characterize the planets. Cyanobacteria, often called Blue-Green Algae, or Harmful Algal Blooms, contains a pigment called phycocyanin (PC), which causes the unique blue-green color. The scale below shows levels of phycocyanin from high shown in red to low shown in blue on the table below

Satellite imaging can do two things current laboratory data cannot: 1) show the status of the entire lake and 2) go back in time to 1984. Satellite images can provide information on chemicals and biological organisms on land and water such as phosphorus and metals and information on toxins such as microcystin which come from cyanobacteria. TO RECEIVE OUR GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY NEWSLETTER, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND CLICK "SUBMIT".



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What is Happening to Lake Erie Water Quality?

Algal Blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin 1994-2013 (Red is high concentration | Blue is low concetration)

September 1994
Lake Erie Satellite View 1994Notice the low levels of cyanobacteria (green) with thin bands of medium concentration in the Maumee River and along the Toledo shore line.  Medium concentration bloom extending several miles out near Temperance, Michigan.

September 2002
 Lake Erie Satellite View 2002Notice significant expansion of the area of medium concentrations (yellow) of cyanobacteria permeating the Lake Erie Western Basin

September 2008
Lake Erie 2008 Satellite ImageNotice the significant increase in the high concentrations (red) of cyanobacteria and the extent of the bloom

September 2013 Lake Erie Satellite Image 2008Notice the significantly increased spread of high concentrations of cyanobacteria 


Lake Erie beaches rank worst in nation for water quality

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