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Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Workshop in Preparation for Spring 2022

JULY 12, 2021 ─ The week of July 6, LT Rachel Pryor began planning for the Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) workshop to be held in Spring 2022. LT Pryor is capitalizing on the momentum built from a successful HABs workshop based in the Gulf of Mexico that occurred this past April.

Satellite data showing comparison of HAB between 2016 and 2020.
The maximum bloom intensity in 2016 (Aug. 10-19) and 2020 (Aug. 21-31) collected with Copernicus Sentinel-3 data. 2021 may be similar to one of these blooms, depending on the winds. Image credit: NOAA.

Harmful algal blooms are a hot topic in the Great Lakes as it affects recreational beaches and drinking water for coastal communities. While the Great Lakes host a number of HABs related seminars, there has not been a workshop with a preparedness/response focus. Thus far, LT Pryor is collaborating with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Ohio Sea Grant, and the Disaster Preparedness Program and will be expanding the invitation to other Great Lakes stakeholders. 

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Last updated Friday, July 16, 2021 4:51pm PDT