California Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Bloom (CCHAB) Network
- 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.
- The California Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Bloom (CCHAB) Network has adopted its Charter (9/29/16)
- California Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Bloom (CCHAB) Network launches new California Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Portal (8/16/16)
- Editable/printable caution, warning and danger signs are available under the CyanoHAB Guidance for Recreational and Related Water Uses Updates in both English and Spanish.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Blue-Green Algae Draft Voluntary Guidance Document, prepared by CCHAB Network, 2010
- 2016 Updates to the Document Linked Directly Above
- Decision Tree & Narrative for Posting and De-Posting Health Advisories for CyanoHABs
- CyanoHAB Trigger Levels for Protection of Human Health
- Appendix A - Description of cyanotoxin trigger levels in recreational water bodies
- SIGNS: The PowerPoint files allow deletion of individual icon/text message components that may not be appropriate for a specific water body. However, text with each component cannot be changed. Components may be moved to allow more space for local agency contact information (text box at the bottom of each sign). Signs are available in both English and Spanish. (version 8/5/2016)
- In-House Printing (PowerPoint format)
- Commercial Printing (PDF format)
- Sign Icons (PowerPoint format)
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.
State Water Resources Control Board
Phone: (916) 341-5488
Phone: (530) 598-3414
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Phone: (714) 755-3263
Participating State Agencies
Participating Federal Agencies
Other Participating Organizations
- October 26, CCHAB Network Meeting Sacramento
- July 27, CCHAB Network Meeting Sacramento
- April 27, CCHAB Network Meeting Sacramento
- January 26, CCHAB Network Meeting Sacramento
- September 29, CCHAB Network Meeting Sacramento
- June 30, CCHAB Network Meeting Sacramento
- Draft CCHAB Network Charter
- CCHAB Charter Development Sub-committee Report - Angela Murvine
- EPA Update on Development of Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Cyanotoxins - John Ravenscroft
- California Water Quality Monitoring Council's HABs Initiative - Jon Marshack
- Evidence-based Community Input for CyanoHABs Signage - Lori Copan and Sandy McNeel
- OHHABS: One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System - Sandy McNeel
- May 31, CCHAB Signage Field Testing
- CyanoHABs Field Testing Presentation, presented by Lori Copan
- April 13, CCHAB Network Meeting Sacramento
- Use of Satellite to Examine CyanoHABs in California's Large Waterbodies, presented by Randy Turner
- Co-Chairs: Zane Poulson, Susan Fricke and Meredith Howard
- January 21, Sacramento, CA
- December 18, Sacramento CA
- California CyanoHAB Network – Johanna Weston, State Water Board
- Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program Cyanotoxin Program – Karen Taberski, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board
- Who Are We? California Drinking Water Program – Amy Little, State Water Board
- Increasing Efficiency and Effectiveness Through Collaboration – Jon Marshack, California Water Quality Monitoring Council
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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