What should you do if you find an algae bloom?
1. Open the Water Reporter app
2. Connect with Harpeth Conservancy's Watershed Group
3. Take a photo of the algae
- hold camera 4ft above for overview photos, 1ft for closeups
4. Add a caption
- type broad category of algae: film, mats, sludge, cyano, green filamentous, other filamentous
- determine size of algae occurrence: roughly how many square meters
- estimate percentage of substrate that is covered with algae
- tell what the algae is attached to: sand, gravel, cobble, boulder, bedrock
5. Take a picture of the canopy (or sky) directly above the algae
- categorize the canopy cover: fully shaded, partially shaded, partially open, fully open
- estimate distance of canopy opening: closest canopy on each side of the stream
6. Upload your picture to Water Reporter, and don't forget to tag #algae and #harpethalgae!
If you would like to follow your own section of the stream, please email Samantha Estes at email@example.com to determine a part of the river that needs some help
The photos above have been taken of waterways in Middle Tennessee, and the issues include algae blooms, erosion, litter, poor water quality as seen with this oil sheen, and obstructions in the case of log jams.
We want to help beautify the places we care about, but sometimes figuring out a solution can be difficult. That's why the new app, Water Reporter, is helping to document issues in our waterways to keep our rivers and streams clean!
Citizen science has never been easier! It's not necessary to get out any sort of science equipment, all you need is your smartphone and you can start helping us with our program!
After you download Water Reporter, check out this handy download sheet to get you all set up with the app and to get connected with Harpeth Conservancy.
Read through our Water Reporter Training Manual to see what types of issues to post, how to comment, how to use hashtags, and much more!
For any questions or concerns about the app, feel free to email Samantha Estes at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoy being a Water Reporter!
Many thanks to our sponsors for helping us to implement Water Reporter in our area!