Gloeotrichia

GloeoColonyJDufresne@UNHGloeotrichia (pronounced “glee-oh-tricky-ah”) echinulata is a colonial bluegreen algae that forms tiny spheres, which can be seen without magnification in lake water. “Gloeo” has been known to exist in Maine lakes for many years, but it has typically been observed in late summer, in relatively low densities.  However, during the past decade, Gloeo appears to have been on the increase in lakes throughout much of New England. Gloeo blooms have occurred earlier in the summer, and in higher densities. Research on the life cycle of this alga has suggested that Gloeo may play a role in declining water quality of otherwise clear, low nutrient lakes.  VLMP monitors are working with researchers from Bates College and other institutions that are studying Gloeo. Volunteer lake monitors are now being trained to identify and quantify colonies when they take Secchi disk readings, using a simple density scale developed collaboratively by Maine DEP, VLMP and Bates College. The photo shows a highly magnified single Gloeo colony. Observed in the water, Gloeo colonies appear to be the size of the head of a small pin.

Gloeotrichia monitoring protocols and training are available through the VLMP. Please contact us at vlmp@mainevlmp.org for more information.

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The Mission of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. The VLMP trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, VLMP volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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