New England Public Health Training Center

Monitoring for Cyanobacteria

This is an all levels course offering CHES and CPH — Free
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1.00 hour


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This course provides an overview of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and the risks it poses to people and pets. Learn how to monitor recreational waters for cyanobacteria (including distinguishing it from look-alikes), manage recreational waters when cyanobacteria is present, and track blooms. Information is provided on documentation through photographs, water sampling and reporting systems.


Reviewers say, "This was an excellent course to help as a refresher for those who test water and for those who are new to the field as education."

What You'll Learn

  • What are cyanobacteria?
  • What are the risks to people and pets?
  • How do you monitor for it?
  • What should you do if you find it?
  • How can you track instances?

Competency Terms

Environmental Public Health

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Related Job Tasks

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