The Effects of Climate Change on Algae in the Denver Metro Area's Drinking Water Reservoirs
Date of Award
Undergraduate Capstone Project
Master of Applied Science
University College, Environmental Policy and Management
Environmental Policy & Mgmt
Algae, Climate change, Colorado, Denver, Drinking, Water
Six Denver metro water reservoirs were sampled to see what types of algae were found, and what impact the algae would have on drinking water reservoirs in the event of a bloom caused by warming water temperatures. Each sample contained algae. Toxic cyanobacteria, filamentous green algae, and different species of diatoms were found in the samples. Current climate change models show the temperature along the Front Range is rising and will continue to rise. With an increase in climate change and an increase in population, humans and animals will be at a greater risk of ingesting or coming into contact with toxic algae.
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Koschel, Courtney, "The Effects of Climate Change on Algae in the Denver Metro Area's Drinking Water Reservoirs" (2010). University College: Environmental Policy and Management Capstones. 115.