The Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative (WCMC) is a group of citizen science volunteers that is working to better understand the diversity of algae and cyanobacteria in Worcester's lakes and ponds.
Cyanobacteria are naturally occurring in our waterbodies, and are only a concern when their population reaches high levels.
Worcester's lakes and ponds are valuable recreational resources. Residents play a key role in observing changes in our water quality, complementing municipal and state efforts. Join us to learn about the exciting projects to study and improve our local waterways, from invasive plant removal to cyanobacteria monitoring and mitigation, and how you can become a Citizen Scientist.
Between Spring and Fall, volunteers collect samples using a plankton net from a boat or the shore of their neighborhood lake once a month, they observe water temperature, air temperature, and how much rain has fallen in the past 24 hours.
Our volunteers are trained by the Lakes and Ponds Program to collect samples, prepare slides and identify cyanobacteria and other microscopic organisms that play a role in water quality. The data they collect is useful to our local understanding of cyanobacteria and contributes to global research on the topic as well.
Check out the WCMC's poster presentation at the 2020 State of the Lakes.
The Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative is looking for volunteers to study our lakes and ponds! You can contribute to a nationwide effort to understand how blue green algae is affecting our locally loved waterways. Volunteers will:
Below are the waterbodies that are a part of the WCMC.
Reports of each sampling event can be found below. If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WCMC was not able to sample during 2020.
Jackie Burmeister describes the enabling factors for the creation of the WCMC and shares its successes over the past three years.