Utilizing Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) to give early warning through satellite imagery

This article is one of many that highlighted the work of the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN), a multi-agency project among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and EPA to develop an early warning indicator system using historical and current satellite data to detect algal blooms in U.S. freshwater systems. This research supports federal, state, and local partners in their monitoring efforts to assess water quality to protect aquatic and human health. EPA Region 8 requested specific support for the State of Utah with early access to the imagery based on the severity of blooms from the previous year. A cyanobacteria bloom in Utah Lake was identified just before the July 4th weekend. The news articles related to the Utah DEQ press release acknowledge the bloom was first detected via satellite imagery early warning!