We can’t all be at Bad Medicine Lake . . . Like me!

Water & Wastewater Management, Science News, The Environment

We can’t all be at Bad Medicine Lake . . . Like me!

The DailyMail.com published an article warning beachgoers to watch out for toxic algae blooms. Here are the details and a graphic from the article outlining the concerning trend.

  • Approximately 318 bodies of water in the US have been hit by algae blooms
  • Numerous reports surfaced of some killing dogs and a number of cows
  • Experts say there could be more due to states unable test all waters for toxins

(credit: Stacy Liberatore, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8691657/Over-300-bodies-water-plagued-algae-blooms-year.html)


My family and I are heading to the lake this Labor Day weekend. Generations of our family have been going to Bad Medicine Lake in northern Minnesota since the 1920’s. This deep spring fed lake is one of the cleanest in the state with clarity to 25 feet, shown here from our swim dock! Due to its cool northern location and sand filtered watershed, toxic algae blooms at Bad Medicine are non-existent. However, in other parts of the state and across North America blooms are plentiful.


Satelytics science allows for early detection of nutrient loading which is primary driver of harmful algae blooms. We MEASURE “every pixel every time,” down to ½ m2, over an entire body of water or watershed area for phosphorous, phycocyanin, and chlorophyll-a, all in parts-per-billion (PPB) concentration! Our measurement algorithms are fully ground “truthed” and guaranteed accurate to a few PPB for any watershed area, anywhere in the world. No more single point sampling and trying to extrapolate what is happening in your tributary or reservoir, you get the entire picture with Satelytics.

Satelytics.io examples, “Every pixel, every time.”

Satelytics.io examples, “Every pixel, every time.”

With this data our customers are TAKING action – NOT REACTION – in targeted areas of a watershed before algae blooms consume a lake. Our customers have used our analytics to identify sources of phosphorous runoff from agriculture, urban contamination, and even broken septic systems, before their reservoirs became compromised. They even use Satelytics water quality tools to ensure remediation actions are effective after the initial bloom is identified. And if your environment is in a remote area with low connectivity all data is still accessible through “Satelytics for the non-connected world,” our mobile platform.

“Satelytics for the non-connected world,” water quality examples.

“Satelytics for the non-connected world,” water quality examples.

Satelytics water quality measurements include:

  • Identify and quantify contaminants
  • Phosphorous, Chlorophylls, Phycocyanin (PPB)
  • Algae blooms
  • Hydrocarbons (Sheens and bank impacts)
  • Temperature (±1 °C)
  • Sediment/turbidity/TSS
  • PFAS (coming soon in PPT)
  • Metals: arsenic, barium, copper, iron, manganese (PPB)
  • Sub-aquatic vegetation
  • Shoreline erosions
  • Illegal docks and lake drawdowns

Satelytics has assisted across the globe with water quality projects.

“Prior to your analysis we were restricted to photo-points on the ground. Your results allowed us a lake-wide perspective. Your analysis contributed to our assessment and communications that the water quality of Lake Britton was improved by our deep-water release.” - Edward Cheslak, Senior Consulting Scientist at PG&E

“Satelytics invaluable analysis of satellite imagery helps us ensure that we are confident in the results. It’s a huge cost savings in comparison to field testing or comparable modelling.” - Robin Richards, Principal at Ramboll

Use Satelytics and keep your water pure . . . Like Bad Medicine Lake! Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend with friends and family.

Satelytics Inc., www.satelytics.com is a cloud-based geospatial analytics software suite. Multi or hyper-spectral imagery is gathered from satellites, UAV, planes, and fixed cameras, and processed to provide both alerts and qualitative results for our customers. Data can be gathered on up to a daily basis and results sent to customers in hours. This includes the specific problem, location, magnitude, and even qualitative information, which minimize cost, impact, and operational disruption for our clients.

Toledo, OH – September 4, 2020. For more information, contact David Dunham, ddunham@satelytics.com, (o) (419) 728 0060 extension #101, (c) (701) 213 0294.

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