Hi! Yes, thanks for posting, this is very useful. And this is a great resource!!

 

I just spent a few minutes comparing the database entries with data that we (presumably) provided. I noticed that the database does not return samples with below detection microcystin values (ours are <0.05 ug/L), i.e. the field Toxin Detected always says Yes. I wonder if this is on purpose? Most of these samples should have also species identity information, so this would be valuable to include (and most especially when there is a follow up of a toxic bloom!). Here are some examples from our records:

Fawn 8/23/07

Phantom Lake 9/29/07, 10/1/07

Sawyer 11/28/07

Tanwax 11/7/07

 

I did find one sample that says microcystin not detected (Vancouver L. 9/4/03, detection limit is 0.5); however, the detection limit is used as a concentration rather than <0.5. I wonder if this is intentional.

 

Gabriela

 

Gabriela Hannach

King County Environmental Lab

322 West Ewing St

Seattle, WA 98119

206-684-2301

 

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From: Washington State Department of Ecology Freshwater Algae Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Hamel, Kathy (ECY)
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 2:14 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Ecology's Algae Database

 

Hi, I think that others may have the same problems so it is worth posting to the list. The inner scroll is a little funky, although I can see all six records for Steilacoom on my computer. The data is much better viewed in one of the export formats though.

 


From: Washington State Department of Ecology Freshwater Algae Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Abella, Sally
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 2:11 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Ecology's Algae Database

 

Thanks, I figured out that part….that’s there’s an inner scroll as well as an outer one, but then it disappeared after the first page of entries on my machine, so I couldn’t get past that except for to change the page number at the top, and then I couldn’t see all the entries. I’ll keep playing with it! Sorry about the universal reply…I keep forgetting it’s not from you!

 

Sally Bartley Abella

Lake Stewardship Program

Water and Land Resources Division

King County DNRP

201 S. Jackson St, Ste 600

Seattle, WA 98104-3855

phone: 206-296-8382

FAX: 206-296-0192

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From: Washington State Department of Ecology Freshwater Algae Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Hamel, Kathy (ECY)
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 2:08 PM
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Subject: Re: Ecology's Algae Database

 

Hi Sally, I just searched on Lake Steilacoom and got six results back. You have to scroll down to see them. What is even better is to export the data. I exported to PDF and got a nice little report. Try that and if you are still having problems, let me know and I’ll talk to our IT person. Kathy

 


From: Washington State Department of Ecology Freshwater Algae Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Abella, Sally
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 2:04 PM
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Subject: Re: Ecology's Algae Database

 

Hi Kathy,

I went in to the new website, and I am finding that when I put in a query of any kind I get only one sample displayed in response… below the data report, there is only one button that says “previous” without a “next” possibility. When I choose “previous” it kicks me back to the search mode. This might need a fix, since it appears that no matter how you narrow (or don’t narrow) the search, you just get a one sample response.

 

Let me know if I’m doing something wrong!

Sally

 

Sally Bartley Abella

Lake Stewardship Program

Water and Land Resources Division

King County DNRP

201 S. Jackson St, Ste 600

Seattle, WA 98104-3855

phone: 206-296-8382

FAX: 206-296-0192

NOTE: my new email address is [log in to unmask]

 


From: Washington State Department of Ecology Freshwater Algae Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Hamel, Kathy (ECY)
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 10:55 AM
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Subject: Ecology's Algae Database

 

After a long development period, I am pleased to announce that Ecology’s algae database has just gone “live”. Here is the URL https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/toxicalgae

Some of the most recent information (mostly from the Jefferson County lakes) will not be in the database. Also, there is some historical data in the system, but it is not comprehensive.

There are links to the algae database at several locations on the Ecology website. Look for it there after 11:15 am today. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/links/plants.html

Kathy Hamel

Aquatic Plant Specialist

Washington Department of Ecology

Email: [log in to unmask]

Telephone: (360) 407-6562

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/links/plants.html

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