Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Communication Preparedness Workshop

Tuesday, January 17 (1-5 pm ET/12 - 4 CT) and Wednesday, January 18 (1-5 pm ET/12 - 4 CT) -  A Virtual Event


NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) will facilitate two half-day webinars on HAB preparedness and response capabilities and responsibilities across the federal government and state agencies. This workshop will provide a focused discussion to enhance preparedness across the Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (IWG –HABHRCA) members and its partners. The goal of the workshop is to better understand the roles and responsibilities of HAB response agencies, the science and tools that help drive decision-making, their ability to assist states, and the importance of inter-agency coordination.

Final Report

Along with NOAA Disaster Preparedness Program, UNH's Coastal Response Research Center, and the Steering Committee we are pleased to provide the Proceedings of the Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Communication Preparedness workshop report.


A. Ensure effective coordination and communication across local, state, and federal governments, and other relevant entities

  1. Compile and review existing plans, policies and procedures about effectively communicating HAB threats, including benthic and nuisance blooms, across relevant agencies.
  2.   Determine the points of contact (POC’s) responsible for HAB event preparedness and response.
  3.   Create a process(es) for sharing information among relevant entities that ultimately reaches stakeholders and the public in a unified message. 

B.  Understand lessons learned from case studies  (e.g., Lake Erie) and their relevance to emerging HAB locations (e.g., Lake Superior); and apply them to current and emerging threats.

Agenda here>>

Pre-Workshop Introductory HABs Videos

Workshop Presentations - Day 1

Workshop Presentations - Day 2

Workshop Resources (no particular order)

Steering Committee Members

  • Nancy Kinner, CRRC, UNH
  • Lauren Courtemanche, CRRC, UNH
  • Ruth Briland, Ohio EPA
  • Jennifer Day, NOAA
  • Regan Errera, NOAA
  • Charlie Henry, NOAA, Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center
  • Tony Marshak, NOAA
  • Felix Martinez, NOAA
  • Rachel Pryor, NOAA
  • Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant

Questions? Please contact Kathy Mandsager, Coastal Response Research Center