Inland HAB Discussion Group

Mission Statement:

To continue and enhance communication on inland harmful algal bloom issues related to research, monitoring, human and ecological health risk assessment, education, and outreach.

History of the Group:

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) poisonings have been a known issue for over 200 years in recorded history. There has been a perception that HABs have been increasing globally in frequency, duration, and magnitude. There is still inadequate knowledge to effectively monitor, predict, and manage health risks caused by inland HABs. This informal discussion group was created out of an expressed need by federal researchers and state agencies to bridge a communication gap with respect to inland HAB research, monitoring, human and ecological health risk assessment, education, and outreach. This group had its genesis out of earlier efforts such as the ISOC-HAB (International Symposium on Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms) meeting sponsored by US EPA in 2005, HABISS (harmful Algal Blooms-Related Illness Surveillance System) sponsored by CDC, the AOAC Marine and Freshwater Toxins Community, and USGS efforts assisting states with sample collection and study design guidance. However, more continuity and better communication was needed. This group was initially formed and facilitated by Dr. Lorrie Backer, CDC and Dr. Keith Loftin, USGS and has been meeting by conference call since May 2011. Dr. Lesley D'Anglada, US EPA joined the leadership of this group November 2012.

Calendar of Webinars:

Contact Information:

 Dr. Lorrie Backer  Dr. Keith Loftin  Dr. Lesley D'Anglada
 CDC  USGS  US EPA
 770-488-3426  785-832-3543   202-566-1125 
 lbacker@cdc.gov  kloftin@usgs.gov  Danglada.Lesley@epa.gov 

Disclaimer: The information presented in the Inland HABs Discussion Group Webinars does not constitute an official endorsement by the U.S. government.