Cyanobacteria are photosynthesizing bacteria that may produce cyanotoxins that can cause illness to exposed human and animal populations. A bloom is a visually identified concentration of cyanobacteria that discolors the water. Cyanobacterial cells may be found at the water surface, at a defined depth, or present throughout the water column.
Summer 2022, marks the eighth year DWGWPD is collaborating with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), to offer at no cost cyanotoxin analysis of raw and finished water for the 22 Lake Champlain-sourced public water systems for 12 weeks (July through September). This years samples will be analyzed by Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL).
Cyanobacteria Importance to Drinking Water Facilities