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Central Arkansas Water Named Recipient of the First FlowCam Drinking Water Equipment & Travel Grant

This year we introduced a new grant program for US and Canadian water utilities: The FlowCam Drinking Water Equipment and Travel Grant Program. The program is designed for water utilities to advance their science by helping them reduce labor hours, detect nuisance algae, and predict harmful algae blooms or taste & odor events.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, News and Events, Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), User Spotlight

VIMS Uses FlowCam to Study HABs to Fulfill their Research Equipment Grant for Graduate Students

This January marked the conclusion of the 2020 FlowCam Research Equipment Grant for Graduate Students. The 2020 award recipient was Savannah Mapes, a graduate student in the Reece Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).

Mapes (pictured here) used a FlowCam 8000 to study harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the York River/lower Chesapeake Bay area. 

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Topics: Marine Research, Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, Aquatic Research

Insight into the Effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Phytoplankton in the Gulf of Mexico

Researchers Quigg et al. have published a study in Marine Pollution Bulletin summarizing their research on phytoplankton in the Gulf of Mexico, and how these communities were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The study sought to bring together new insights into the influence of oil and dispersant on phytoplankton, and to make recommendations to curtail negative impacts from future events.

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Topics: Marine Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, Aquatic Research

2021 FlowCam Aquatic Grant Program is Ready for Launch

The FlowCam Aquatic Research Equipment & Travel Grant is back by popular demand for the 2021-22 academic year. This equipment grant provides an opportunity for one graduate student and up to two undergraduate faculty members to receive the use of a FlowCam for the semester of their choice.

Graduate applicants are eligible for a FlowCam 8000 (8100 or 8400) and undergraduate applicants are eligible for a FlowCam 5000.

Pictured here: Drs. Kerry Whittaker (left) and LeAnn Whitney (right) of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), winners of the 2020 FlowCam Undergraduate Grant.

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Topics: Marine Research, Freshwater Research, News and Events, Harmful Algal Blooms, FlowCam Technology, Aquatic Research

Eliminate Taste-and-Odor Events With Cost-Effective Algae Control

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) publication, Opflow, has featured another story this month on the benefits of proactive algae monitoring in eliminating taste and odor (T&O) complaints for water utilities. 

The cost of monitoring equipment can seem daunting and funding is not always attainable to small utilities. But solutions are available.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), User Spotlight

Quality Control on the FlowCam Cyano

Have you ever wondered how our technical customer support team performs quality control checks during services and before shipping new instruments? Here's one example of the process our team uses to check for accuracy on the FlowCam Cyano.

Pictured here: Enterprise Pond at YFT headquarters in Scarborough, Maine. The source of the sample used in this demonstration.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, FlowCam Technology, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), Aquatic Research

Tackle Taste and Odor with Proactive Water Quality Monitoring

An article featured this month in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) publication Opflow describes the challenges currently facing water utilities across the country, and lays out a strategy to proactively monitor for cyanobacteria and taste & odor causing algae.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), User Spotlight

Expanded Marine Taxonomic Libraries for the FlowCam

After fielding many requests from FlowCam users, we are happy to announce that we have made available expanded taxonomic libraries. These example libraries illustrate some common genera found in Casco Bay (in the Gulf of Maine) and show examples of how users may organize libraries for their own unique area. The 42 libraries cover 37 different taxa.

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Topics: Marine Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, FlowCam Technology, Aquatic Research

FlowCam Used for Analysis of Diazotrophic Organisms in High-Nitrogen Water

A long-term study undertaken by Chaffin et al. at Ohio State University monitored nutrient levels and phytoplankton growth in the Lake Erie central basin from 2014 until 2017. The purpose of the study was to determine the primary limiting nutrient determining phytoplankton growth, and determine if multiple limiting nutrients existed during this time period. The FlowCam was used to image and analyze phytoplankton species and to estimate biomass and biovolume of the species under consideration.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

An Integrated Approach to Monitor Taste and Odor Producing Cyanobacteria: a Webinar

"Most drinking water utilities enter high-alert mode upon testing positive for microcystin. Staff at the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, Water Purification Laboratory responded calmly when they received that dreaded phone call in July 2018 because of their progressive approach to monitoring cyanobacteria. Climate conditions are conducive to harmful algae blooms (HABs) and taste-and-odor events with increasing frequency and intensity. As a result, US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulations are moving toward requiring cyanobacteria monitoring. Proactive drinking water utilities are seeking a streamlined approach to monitoring cyanobacteria and nuisance algae." Adams et. al. "Use an Integrated Approach to Monitor Algal Blooms" Opflow Dec 2018

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Topics: News and Events, Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), User Spotlight