Cyanobacteria Project- North Carolina Reservoirs

Falls Lake Real-Time Remote Monitoring Data:
Current Conditions Hydrological Water Column Profiles
Dissolved Oxygen Water Temperature pH Turbidity Chla

Water level at Falls Lake intake on Nov. 28 2006 after removal of the NCSU-CAAE profiler equipment. Photo courtesy of F.L. Masters.

Yellow arrows indicate high water level following a coastal storm in late Nov. 2006. Red arrows indicate water level on Sept. 1 2004, shortly after the installation of the profiler. Blue arrow indicates water level during drought conditions on Nov. 8 2005.

The Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology is working with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to collect real-time monitoring data for environmental conditions in several potable water supply reservoirs. The CAAE is also characterizing the cyanobacteria species assemblages and abundances in selected reservoirs. Year 1 of the three-year project is focused on Falls Lake. The project is an extension of the CAAE's Real-Time Remote Monitoring Project.

Falls Lake is a primary drinking water source for the Triangle area. The system monitors for the presence of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), which can cause taste-and-odor problems in water supplies. Some cyanobacteria species also produce toxins that can negatively impact human health. The real-time monitoring data, along with the cyanobacteria assemblage data, will serve as an early warning system to help water quality managers manage water supplies to protect public health in response to blooms.

Site Name
Introductory Information
Current Conditions
Hydrological Data (4-day)
Meteorological Data (4-day)
Profiler Data
Falls Lake I-85
Falls Lake Hwy 50
Falls Lake Intake
City Lake
Oak Hollow Lake
NCSU CAAE Real-Time Remote Monitoring Project at Falls Lake - Water Quality Data


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