Welcome to Lake Winnipeg BloomFinder
Nextgen's bloomfinder project enters year two!
Have you arrived at the beach or boat launch to find the day you planned is no longer a go due to abundant algae? Not the best surprise. BloomFinder helps you plan your recreation (beach or watersport day) by enabling members with satellite maps that show the algal blooms. Users on the beach or water can also inform others considering visiting that area by posting their thoughts on current conditions using our social media, the Lake Winnipeg BloomFinder Group.
Planning a day trip to the beach or vacationing at a cottage? First, check-out BloomFinder satellite imagery and then find out what your neighbors down at the beach are saying about the condition water or beach before you pack-up your family.
A system of change
Lake Winnipeg, considered a Case 2 waterbody by scientists due to its complex character, is a dynamic and changing system. This high resolution satellite image captured on August 14, 2017 shows complex patterns of algae (green), total suspended solids (tan/grey) sourced mainly from the Red River, and the optically dark "tea stained" water from the Winnipeg River in the Precambrian Shield to the east. BloomFinderwould have been handy on this day! The algae evident at the surface of Winnipeg Beach and Gimli were probably less abundant than at Grand Beach. If you were planning a day trip from Winnipeg soon after this image, the west side of the lake may have been a better option. Take advantage of the BloomFinder imagery and social media to find out what the conditions are on your beach of interest are. Plan your day and stay on top of the changes!
Interested in being an ambassador for your beach? Help your community make daily decisions about the use of your local or favorite beaches use by visiting BloomFinder frequently and report on the current conditions. Develop a local following on BloomFinder by uploading photos, video and comments on what's going on at the beach, and if there is algae in the water or the beach.
How does it work?
Simple and its free to users! When a satellite image is available we'll upload it to the Members Area of this website and a smaller graphic to the Lake Winnipeg BloomFinder social media group. Just sign-up as a member in the form below. We’ll send you an invite to the group personally via email. After that, follow the BloomFinder Facebook group for day to day info on your beach, and to learn when a new satellite image was uploaded to this site. You can also search by your favorite beach name to get the latest update, or post questions on a specific beach or area of interest.
Member Sign Up - Stay on top of the changes!
We consider your information private. It is needed should we need to contact you about changes or enhancements to BloomFinder in the future. You'll see links to BloomFinder's satellite maps and our social media site on the Thank You message immediately after signing up. Make sure you bookmark these!