Satellite Estimates of Cyanobacteria in Oregon Lakes and Reservoirs

Reporting Period: May 29, 2023 - June 4, 2023


This report provides an update to estimates of cyanobacteria abundance derived from satellite imagery for 49 large Oregon waterbodies. Updates are scheduled to occur weekly from March to October each year. Estimates derive from the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) project. Three levels illustrate cyanobacteria abundance (cells/mL): Low: <20,000, Moderate: 20,000-100,000, and High: >100,000. The levels correspond to the World Health Organization (WHO) exposure guideline values (WHO, 2003). For more information on Harmful Algal Blooms in Oregon, please visit websites from the Oregon DEQ and the Oregon Health Authority.

All data presented in this report are provisional and subject to change. Estimates of cyanobacteria from satellite imagery do not imply the presence of cyanotoxins or other water quality impairments and do not have regulatory implications. Visit the Oregon Health Authority to learn about recreational use and drinking water advisories related to cyanobacteria blooms. Additional assessments with imagery from the Sentinel 2 Satellites, local visual assessment, and/or water quality sampling are needed to provide additional information on potential human health and environmental effects of cyanobacteria. Please note that estimates of cyanobacteria abundance presented in this report may be skewed by cloud cover, ice cover, sun glint, water surface roughness, dry lake beds, algal mats, and shoreline effects.

Highlighted Waterbodies

Waterbodies with high cyanobacteria abundance (>100,000 cells/mL) based on the average of daily maximum estimates during the 7-day reporting period (7DADM).

Reporting Period: May 29, 2023 - June 4, 2023


Data Visualization

Maps and time series plot of cyanobacteria estimates for each of the 49 resolvable waterbodies according to the methods outlined in the CyAN Project.

Satellite estimates of cyanobacteria abundance from May 29, 2023 to June 4, 2023.

Time Series Plot and Data:


Time series plot of cyanobacteria abundance (cells/mL) of the selected waterbody.

Time series data of the selected waterbody during the selected date range.

The report is provided by the Oregon DEQ Watershed Management Section. Copyright (C) 2020-2023, Oregon DEQ.

The source code of this report is publicly available at GitHub repository: Satellite Estimates of Cyanobacteria in Oregon Lakes and Reservoirs.

For more information on this report, please contact

Daniel Sobota (Lead),

Erin Costello,

Yuan Grund,