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The chemical status of water bodies remains poor

The chemical status of Finnish lakes, rivers, and coastal waters has not yet improved, despite the concentrations of several chemicals falling below the limits set for them (EQS - Environmental Qualit...

2020-08-28
Summary of algal bloom monitoring June-August 2020: Varying cyanobacterial blooms in lakes during the summer, unusual cyanobacterial observations in northern parts of the Bothnian Sea and the Kvarken

The cyanobacterial situation over the past summer has been variable both in inland waters and sea areas. The number of cyanobacterial observations during June–August followed the weather conditions qu...

2020-08-27
Microplastics are found in all waters, quantities in aquatic organisms and fish vary

Microplastics are found in all water systems and in fish, bivalve molluscs and benthic fauna. Microplastics cause stress to the aquatic organisms and may expose them to harmful substances. These were ...

2020-08-24
Algal bloom monitoring August 20, 2020: Cyanobacterial surface accumulations in open sea areas have become less intensive, but cyanobacterial occurrences in coastal areas and lakes have increased at some sites

Cyanobacterial surface accumulations in open sea areas of the Gulf of Finland and the Bothnian Sea are still visible in satellite images, even though they are less intensive than earlier. In coastal a...

2020-08-20
Algal bloom monitoring August 13, 2020: Varying amounts of cyanobacteria observed in both sea areas and lakes

Varying amounts of cyanobacteria have been observed in both sea areas and lakes. The warm and calm weather of last week has enabled cyanobacteria to rise to the surface water layers. Abundant surface ...

2020-08-13
Algal bloom monitoring August 6, 2020: In sea areas, a typical late summer cyanobacterial situation is prevailing, while in lakes less cyanobacteria have been observed than usual

During the first week of August, the occurrence of cyanobacteria in the sea areas has been typical of the time. Observations of cyanobacteria at national monitoring sites have been made especially on ...

2020-08-06
Algal bloom monitoring July 30, 2020: Typical amounts of cyanobacteria occurrences have been observed in sea areas, in lakes occurrences have been observed less than average

In sea areas cyanobacteria occurrences have increased, which is typical for late July and early August. Windy weather has kept cyanobacteria mixed in the water bodies, therefore extensive surface bloo...

2020-07-30
Algal rafts, water temperature, ice extent – Finnish Environment Institute is a European forerunner in the use of satellites

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE monitors the state of the environment with the help of satellite technology and is a European forerunner in the efficient use of satellites. The TARKKA service, ...

2020-07-24
Algal bloom monitoring July 23, 2020: Cyanobacteria occurrences have slightly increased in lakes, in sea areas cyanobacteria are mostly mixed in the water due to strong winds

Cyanobacteria have been observed in both sea areas and lakes. In the sea areas, cyanobacteria are mostly mixed in the water due to strong winds. In the coastal areas, cyanobacteria have been observed...

2020-07-23
Algal bloom monitoring July 16, 2020: Cyanobacteria occurrences have increased both in lakes and sea areas

In both sea areas and lakes cyanobacteria has been observed more than during the last week. Although, when comparing this week to the previous summers’ same period of times, the cyanobacteria occurren...

2020-07-16
Algal bloom monitoring July 9, 2020: Cyanobacteria situation is calm both in Finnish lakes and sea areas

© Ilkka Lastumäki The cyanobacteria situation has stayed moderate both in Finnish lakes and sea areas. Windy and cloudy weather have carried on to restrain the occurrences. The ...

2020-07-09
Efficient waste water treatment processes can help reduce the pharmaceutical load released into the environment

The load of active pharmaceutical ingredients released into the environment can be reduced by treating waste water at primary sources, such as hospitals, healthcare institutes, households and pharmace...

2020-07-06
Algal bloom monitoring July 2, 2020: Occurrence of cyanobacteria has decreased in both Finnish sea areas and in lakes

Less cyanobacteria have been observed at national algae monitoring sites as compared to last week. Windy and cloudy weather has restrained the occurrence of cyanobacteria both in the Finnish sea areas...

2020-07-02
Algal bloom monitoring June 25, 2020: The amounts of cyanobacteria have increased in both Finnish sea areas and in lakes

This week, in both Finnish sea areas and in inland waters, greater amounts of cyanobacteria have been observed as compared to last week. The warm weather period in June has promoted the growth of cyan...

2020-06-25
Algal bloom monitoring June 18, 2020: Increasing numbers of cyanobacteria during Midsummer week

During the Midsummer week, cyanobacteria have started to occur in increasing numbers both in lakes and in the southern and southwestern parts of Finnish sea areas. The exceptionally warm weather in Ju...

2020-06-18
Algal bloom monitoring June 11, 2020: Cyanobacterial occurrences have slightly increased both in Finnish sea areas and in lakes

The cyanobacterial situation has not notably changed from that of last week; the number of observed cyanobacterial occurrences have merely slightly increased in southern Finland in both Baltic Sea wat...

2020-06-11
Algal bloom monitoring June 4, 2020: Some cyanobacterial blooms in the sea areas, scarce observations of cyanobacterial blooms in lakes

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has started this week its cyanobacterial bloom reporting for the summer 2020. In the Finnish sea areas some cyanobacteria have been observed locally. In lakes, o...

2020-06-04
Summary of algal bloom monitoring June-August 2019: Cyanobacteria were mostly mixed in the water in the Finnish sea areas, in lakes the cyanobacteria situation varied a lot

During the past summer, large amounts of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) were seen particularly in the northern part of the Baltic Sea’s main basin, at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland and south o...

2019-08-29
Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters: Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still...

2019-08-27
Algal Bloom Monitoring August 22, 2019: Cyanobacterial blooms have decreased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

Since last week, the amount of cyanobacterial blooms has decreased both in the Finnish sea areas and lakes.

2019-08-22

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