Water Quality Management
Cyanobacteria & Why They Matter
Cyanobacteria are the oldest life form on our planet, responsible for the production of oxygen via photosynthesis, and through the process of symbiosis, have given rise to chloroplasts and mitochondria. They have evolved from single celled organisms to complex forms, including filaments and colonies. By their very nature they are highly adaptive, continuously exploiting ecological niches and in some circles even considered invasive.
Cyanobacteria are known to produce compounds that, while supporting their own survival, have been found to be toxic to various receptors within the plant and animal world, ranging from microscopic plants and animals to humans. Given the ever changing responses of our aquatic resources to short and long term perturbances (habitat and land use change, climate change) it is no wonder that we can look upon cyanobacteria as sentinel organisms when embarking upon our responsibilities as “Keepers of the Earth”.
To that end, the study of the cyanobacteria, whether they are playing a major or minor role in our ecosystems, presents fascinating opportunities and challenges.
Cyanocasting is a multifaceted program that looks at areas such as bloom forecasting, toxin concentrations, and food webs to answer questions and provide data for water resources management programs for homeowners, HOAs, boards of health, water suppliers, water resource managers, fisheries and other wildlife managers.
Water Monitoring Services
Using the devices and methodology of cyanoCasting, Lim-Tex® provides toxin analysis, technical support and field training to municipalities, homeowners and local non-profit organizations
“When we found Lim-Tex products and services, we were just starting to grapple with the issue of cyanobacteria and had MANY questions, unknowns and misunderstandings. Nancy made the entire learning process easy and was always available to troubleshoot problems or answer questions. With her, we've been able to establish a baseline of cyanobacteria across our water bodies and understand problem areas so we can start looking into solutions!”
"What stands out in every interaction with Nancy Leland is that she is personally and professionally invested in every aspect of her work. She has always made herself available to me to answer any question, great or small, that I might have. From the beginning to the end of every project, I have found Nancy to be approachable, supportive and involved. I look forward to working and learning from her in the future."