Cyanobacteria in Lake Waters: An International Symposium

Eastern Charlotte Waterways proudly hosted an international symposium on cyanobacteria in October, 2014 at the Algonquin Resort in Saint Andrews By-The -Sea. The symposium was organized in partnership with the New Brunswick Alliance of Lake Associations and the Chamcook Watershed Landowners’ Association.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Ken Wagner, the owner of Water Resource Services, a consulting company focused on water supply protection and lake management. Dr. Wagner has a Ph. D. in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University. He is a former President of the North American Lake Management Society and the current Editor in Chief of Lake and Reservoir Management. He discussed cyanobacteria biology, ecology, and mitigation.

Dr. Holly Ewing, a professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College in Maine, spoke about Gloeotrichia toxicity in oligotrophic lakes, an issue important to the people of Saint Andrews. Dr. Ewing has co-authored a collection of academic papers that concern cyanobacteria blooms throughout New England, with a focus on the same species and environmental conditions found in Chamcook Lake.

In addition, water resource managers from Maine and New Brunswick presented their methodology, challenges, and successes while managing cyanobacteria. The event was attended by stakeholders in New Brunswick’s freshwater from throughout the province, and was supported by the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund.