Stigonematales mixed with filamentous green algae. (Courtesy photo)

My family and I started visiting Lake Winnipesaukee when I was just 2 years old. Every weekend, we’d come up to enjoy the lake’s refreshingly clean and clear water by swimming off the docks, or boating to our favorite coves.

Lake Winnipesaukee is known for its pristine water quality that provides swimming, boating, and fishing enjoyment to all who live, work, or play here, in addition to being a critical foundation of our local economy. However, Lake Winnipesaukee’s water quality is being threatened by stormwater runoff and nutrient loading. The excess nutrients entering the lake are the main driver of cyanobacteria blooms. So, let’s chat about cyanobacteria and what we can do to help mitigate blooms and preserve our beloved lake’s water quality as we enter August, designated National Water Quality Month by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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