Stormwater Conference -Harmful Algal Blooms: Environment and Public Health Issues

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Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in freshwater systems are primarily comprised of cyanobacteria and may produce toxins. New York State has one of the most comprehensive and extensive HAB monitoring programs in the nation. The Department of Environmental Conservation oversees monitoring, sampling
and outreach regarding HABs in hundreds of lakes annually and works closely with the state Department
of Health (DOH) who ensure drinking water and regulated swimming areas area monitored carefully.
The DEC HABs Program works to identify bloom status, oversee HAB monitoring and surveillance
activities, communicate public health risks, and conduct outreach, education, and research. Since the program began in 2012, over 350 waterbodies throughout the state have had a documented bloom. In 2018, efforts to address bloom causes and solutions have ramped up as a result of a recent Governor’s
Initiate to address the topic, particularly in waterbodies that serve as drinking water supplies
Beacon, NY
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Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. The basics of HABS
2. New York’s HABS program and how they can take advantage of resources available
3. The Governor’s HABs initiative and how it’s being implemented locally
James (Jim) Hyde- NYS Department of Health
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New York Chapter of ASLA

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