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Citizen scientists
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Algal blooms

Citizen Scientists


The Waterway Watch team supports several initiatives with the goal of investigating and maintaining water quality in our local waters.  Fishing Survey.  In partnership with North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, we solicite a fishing creel count and tabulate the data by location, species and date.  To participate in this effort, enter data using the Fishing Survey button link above. Nutrient Analyses. As part of a Albemarle Resource Conservation and Development Council program to determine nutrient hot spots that may be contributing to algal blooms, our teams collect water samples for lab analyses. Phytoplankton Monitoring. Trained by NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, our citizen scientists indentify and quantify harmful algal blooms using microscopy.  

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Water Quality Monitoring


Perquimans County Waterway Watch conducts monthy water quality sampling at 5 locations within the local waters. These locations are on the Perquimans River, the Yeopim River and the Yeopim Creek (the map below shows the locations.) Nutrients in the water samples are sent to North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for nutrient measurements. Phosphorus, Nitrogen, and Oxygen is monitored and data on ambient values are recorded at each collections site.  

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Algal Blooms


Algal blloms have been observed along the eastern and western banks of the Perquimans River, in the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City and on the western shore of the Chowan River. Algae contributing to these blooms have been identified as Dolichospermum, which belongs to the algal group cyanobacteria, or bluegreen algae. Some species of cyanobacteria have the ability to produce toxins, called cyanotoxins, which can adversely affect human health. 

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