Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Event Type: 
NEHA Event

NEHA Sponsored Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar

Thursday, November 29, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern

Most species of algae and cyanobacteria are not harmful, but sometimes certain types bloom in excessive concentrations can cause harm to human and animal health, aquatic ecosystems, and local economies. These harmful algal blooms (HABs), often associated with cyanobacteria that produce toxins, are causing problems across the country. The National Environmental Health Association is hosting a webinar featuring three presentations with varying perspectives on HABs on November 29, 2018 from 1-2:30 eastern.

  1. A US Environmental Protection Agency engineer will discuss an overview of the Agency’s HABs research including monitoring, remote sensing, health effects, development of analytical methods and mitigation.
  2. The Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality lab director will provide an overview of the techniques and methods used by the state’s laboratory to analyze samples and monitor for HABs.
  3. A Florida Department of Health Aquatic Toxins Program administrator will provide an overview of the activities the state of Florida has implemented to better coordinate bloom response and provide information to Floridians about steps they can take to protect themselves.

Speakers

Nicholas Dugan
Environmental Engineer
US Environmental Protection Agency/Water Systems Division Presentation Title:  Overview of EPA HABs Research

Brian Boling
Lab Director
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Andrew Reich, MS, MSPH, RRT
Scientific Advisor
Bureau of Environmental Health
Division of Disease Control and Health Protection Florida Department of Health

Contact Name: 
Sandra Whitehead
Organization: 
NEHA, EPA, and APHL
Phone: 
(850) 727-2431
Email: 
swhitehead@neha.org