The keynote speakers, Nancy Leland (center) and Hailey Carter (left), talked about their cyanobacteria research at the University of New Hampshire Center for Freshwater Biology and the BPC’s role in the program. For three years, BPC volunteers have taken samples every two weeks between May and September, and submitted them to UNH for analysis, increasing from sampling five ponds in the first year to ten ponds this year. The number of BPC volunteers has increased from ten to seventeen. The samples help Nancy to develop models to predict cyanobacteria blooms and their toxicity. She feels it is important to involve the local community in cyanobacteria monitoring because state and federal governments don’t have the resources to test every pond. “It comes down to you--the local community--to make informed, timely decisions about cyanobacteria blooms.” Hailey discussed this year’s new aerosol sampling process in two Brewster ponds for airborne cyanobacteria toxins. Click here to upload Nancy’s and Hailey’s presentations.