International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chief Instructor

Timothy Downs, Ph.D.


The resurgence of cyanobacterial blooms in the Lower Charles River basin is of great concern to public and ecosystem health due to the potential hazard of cyanotoxins produced by these colonial cyanobacteria. In response to public concern about the condition of the river, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) is conducting cyanobacteria monitoring program to improve the water quality since 2006 and developing a solutions to watershed problems. This report is a concise overview of the cyanobacterial bloom monitoring results, its relationship to trophic state and temporal dynamics and potential solutions for future monitoring to serve recreational users of the Lower Charles River.



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