Algal Issues

The need for assessing and monitoring water bodies for potentially harmful algal blooms is constant. Across the state of Oregon numerous algae blooms can occur each year, and last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Toxigenix species of algae can pose health threats and caused the Oregon Public Health Division to establish the Harmful Algal Bloom Surveillance (HABS) Program with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2009. This grant has expired and now requires the HABS to rely on  public and agency partners to help in the monitoring and reporting process. On Tuesday, March 4 the Oregon Lakes Association is sponsoring the annual Freshwater Harmful Algal Bloom Stakeholder Meeting at Oregon State University to continue the discussion of how to protect our waters.

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