Blue Massawippi’s battle against blue-green algae and seagrass beds in Lake Massawippi

Blue Massawippi’s battle against blue-green algae and seagrass beds in Lake Massawippi
One of the six tributaries selected for the SOS Tributaries project: Webster tributary. (Photo : Michèle Gérin )

By Arianna Myers
Special to The Record

Founded in 1968, Blue Massawippi is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to ensure the continued health of the entire watershed that encompasses Lake Massawippi. Since its foundation, one of Blue Massawippi’s biggest concerns has been cyanobacteria blooms, or more commonly known as blue-algae blooms, as well as seagrass beds in Lake Massawippi.
Blue-green algae blooms, which typically occur in mid-to-late summer in Canada, are primarily caused by excess nutrients such as phosphorus. When mixed with adequate amounts of water, air, sunlight, and high temperatures, phosphorus, can cause increased growth of blue-green algae and seagrass beds.

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