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.
A. Ensure effective coordination and communication across local, state, and federal governments, and other relevant entities
- Compile and review existing plans, policies and procedures about effectively communicating HAB threats, including benthic and nuisance blooms, across relevant agencies.
- Determine the points of contact (POC’s) responsible for HAB event preparedness and response.
- 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.
Pre-Workshop Introductory HABs Videos
- Case Study: Lake Superior HAB Event 2021, by Gina LaLiberte, Wisconsin DNR
- Case Study: Toledo, Ohio HAB Event 2014, by Shannon Nabors, Ohio EPA
Workshop Presentations - Day 1
- Opening, Overview and Logistics - Nancy Kinner, CRRC
- Introduction - Rachel Pryor, NOAA
- HABHRCA Overview - David Kidwell, NOAA
- Overview of Participant Demographics - Jennifer Day, NOAA
- Survey Results HABs - Felix Martinez, NOAA
- Wisconsin Case Study Overview - Gina LaLiberte, Wisconsin DNR
- Toledo Case Study Review - Shannon Nabors, Ohio EPA
Workshop Presentations - Day 2
- Opening - Nancy Kinner, CRRC
- Overview of Risk + Crisis Communication - Katie Krushinski, NOAA
- Risk Communication: A Social Science Resource and Research Project - Marybeth Bauer-Martinez, NCCOS
- Everyday People and HABS Info - David Fitch, Great Lakes Observing System
- Existing HABs Plans, Policies and Procedures - Aabir Banerji, USEPA and Michael Eslick, Muskegon County Public Health
Workshop Resources (no particular order)
- HAB Research Development, Demonstration & Technology Transfer (RDDTT). 2008. Harmful Algal Bloom Research, Development, Demonstration, and Technology Transfer National Workshop Report. Dortch, Q., Anderson, D.M., Ayres, D.L., Glibert, P.M. (Eds)., Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
- 2017 Great Lakes Research Plan & Action Strategy
- 2020 Great Lakes Progress Report
- 2022 report is forthcoming (HABHRCA)
- Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA)
- Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) is a nonprofit that provides end-to-end data services that support science, policy, management, and industry in the U.S. and Canada
- Harmful Algal Research and Response: A Human Dimensions Strategy
- Ohio Sea Grant State of Science proceedings
- Ohio Sea Grant Releases 2021 Summary of ODHE Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative
- Ohio Public Water System HAB Strategy
- USA Today Story (2014)
- 2013 HAB incident with Carroll Township in Ohio put Toledo on alert to start prepping--helped with 2014
- Great Lakes HABs Collaborative
- Lake Winnebago Water Quality Advisory for Blue-Green Algae
- Slides on human health research by Kennedy et al. at U-Toledo
- Ohio EPA Harmful Algal Blooms website
- UNH CRRC - 2022 HAB Workshop Survey Report (9/29/2022)
- Harmful Algal Research and Response: A Human Dimensions Strategy. Authored by Marybeth Bauer (2006) National Office for Marine Biotoxins and Harmful Algal Blooms, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, 58 pp.
- Harmful Algal Bloom Management and Response: Assessment and Plan. (2008) Jewett, E.B., Lopez, C.B., Dortch, Q., Etheridge, S.M, Backer, L.C. 2008. Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Blooms, Hypoxia, and Human Health of the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. Washington, DC.
- Lake Erie Charter Captains Play a Major Role in Water Quality Sampling (2016) Ohio Sea Grant.
- What does the Public Know about Harmful Algal Blooms? Results from a Nationally Representative Survey of U.S. Adults. 2022. NEIWPCC.
- Stakeholder Assessment for a HABs Early Warning System. 2020. Tellez, C. and R.S. Wilson. The Oihio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Columbus, OH.
- About the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program. U.S. EPA
- Water Quality: Agencies Should Take More Actions to Manage Risks from Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia. 2022.U.S. Government Acoutability Office. GAO-22-10449
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