California Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Bloom (CCHAB) Network

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Announcements

  • Domoic Acid workshop: Evaluating the State of the Science and Implications for Human Toxicity, May 4, 2017. Presented by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the University of California Davis. More information can be found here.
  • The US EPA Region 9, in collaboration with the California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP), will be conducting a Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar on April 5th, 2017and an in-person HABs Meeting on April 25-27, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA. More information can be found here.
  • SWAMP released a Statewide Freshwater Harmful Algal Bloom Assessment and Support Strategy that outlines actions and infrastructure being developed to support local response to HAB events.

Mission

  • To work towards the development and maintenance of a comprehensive, coordinated program to identify and address the causes and impacts of cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms (HABs) in California.

Background and Description

The CCHAB Network, formerly the Statewide Blue-Green Algae Working Group, was established in 2006 in response to record-setting toxin producing blooms in the Klamath River reservoirs. Since its establishment, the CCHAB Network has developed guidance for responding to HABs, including action levels for cyanotoxins; held trainings on HAB identification and sampling; and funded a number of grant projects. These efforts demonstrated a need for the development of a long-term vision and strategic plan for identifying and managing HABs in California. Four key goals were identified – prioritization of management questions, synthesis of existing data, identification of data gaps, and the development of communication tools.

Adopted Charter

Objectives of the CCHAB Network?

Develop a unified multi-entity program to identify and address HABs in California's freshwater ecosystems.

Promote improvements in, and coordination of monitoring assessment, reporting, and management of HABs in California.

Develop collaborative relationships among entities (e.g. federal, tribal, state, and local agencies, academic researchers, end-users and stakeholders) responsible for addressing HAB concerns and impacts on beneficial uses.

Coordinate with the California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program (CalHABMAP).

Make efficient use of federal, tribal, state, regional, and academic resources to address cyanobacteria and HAB concerns by sharing information to avoid duplicative efforts; promoting research, monitoring, and assessment; identifying technical and policy gaps; and communicating HAB concerns to the public.

Work collaboratively toward public awareness of the risks associated with HABs to people, pets, livestock and wildlife

CCHAB's Relation to the Monitoring Council?

The CCHAB Network is a workgroup of the California Water Quality Monitoring Council. The Monitoring Council establishes common policies and guidelines for the workgroups and the programs they represent, acts as a clearinghouse for standards, guidelines, and collaboration; resolves key issues that affect multiple workgroups; provides support for workgroup actions, and improves visibility of workgroup efforts. The CCHAB Network will keep the Monitoring Council apprised of progress towards workgroup goals and will raise issues to the Monitoring Council that cannot be resolved within the workgroup or that may affect multiple workgroups of the Monitoring Council.

Subcommittees

CCHAB Subcommittees

Products

CyanoHAB Guidance for Recreational Water Uses

When a cyanoHAB is occurring, it is critical that there is understanding of the cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins present and communication of the risk to protect public health. Currently, there are no federal or state standards for cyanotoxins in drinking water and recreational waters. Participating agencies - State Water Board, OEHHA, and CDPH - have developed and are further refining suggested guidelines for addressing health concerns for cyanotoxins in recreation waters. The Department of Public Health, county health departments, and water body managers are encouraged to use this guidance for posting of water bodies when cyanoHABs pose a health threat.

Membership

California Cyanobacteria and Harmful Aalgal Bloom Network is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders that address, research, manage, and/or regulate cyanoHAB concerns in California. The CCHAB Network is composed of federal agencies, state agencies, tribal governments, local agencies, academics and researchers, and other stakeholders.

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Logo - California Department of Fish & Wildlife Logo - California Department of Water Resources Logo - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Logo - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Logo - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Logo - U.S. Geological Survey
Logo - Big Valley of Pomo Indians Logo - CSU Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Logo - City of Watsonville
Logo - City of San Mateo Logo - Defenders of Wildlife Logo - County of Del Norte
Logo - Elem Indian Colony Logo - Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services Logo - Karuk Tribe
Logo - Lake County Health Services Department Logo - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Logo - Pacific Corp
Logo - San Francisco Estuary Institute Logo - Santa Clara Valley Water District
Logo - Siskiyou County Health & Human Services Agency Logo - Sonoma County Logo - Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Logo - UC Davis Logo - UC Santa Cruz
Logo - the Yurok Tribe Logo - the SWAMP program

Co-Chairs

Zane Poulson
State Water Resources Control Board
Phone: (916) 341-5488
Email: Zane.Poulson@waterboards.ca.gov

Susan Fricke
Karuk Tribe
Phone: (530) 598-3414
Email: sfricke@karuk.us

Meredith Howard
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Phone: (714) 755-3263
Email: meredithh@sccwrp.org

Participating State Agencies

State Water Resources Control Board
and Regional Water Quality Control Boards

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Department of Water Resources


Participating Federal Agencies

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

US Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Geological Survey


Other Participating Organizations

Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians

California State University, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

City of Watsonville

City of San Mateo

Defenders of Wildlife

Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services

Elem Indian Colony

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services

Karuk Tribe

Lake County Health Services Department

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

PacifiCorp

San Francisco Estuary Institute

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Siskiyou County Health and Human Services Agency

Sonoma County

Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

University of California at Davis

University of California at Santa Cruz

Yurok Tribe

Meetings

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2017

2016

2014


Other CCHAB Presentations

Western Regional Epidemiology Network – May 21, 2015

Monitoring and Assessment Partnership Webinar – May 19, 2015

For More Information

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Contact:

Zane Poulson
State Water Resources Control Board
(916) 341-5488
Zane.Poulson@waterboards.ca.gov