Announcements and Training

Please send any freshwater or estuarine HAB-related events at least a month in advance via email to Joe Westhouse. Also check the Master Calendar for the Monitoring Council and its Workgroups for upcoming events.

2020 Events and Training

June 2020
MEETING: NOAA’s Socioeconomics Workshop, June 3-5, 2020 in Woods Hole, and the topics to cover include: effective approaches for HAB economic research; developing partnerships; attracting resource economists to HAB research; expand into human dimension; and distributional effects of HABs (freshwater and marine).

May 2020
MEETING: SETAC Europe 30th Annual meeting 3-7 May 2020 in Dublin, Ireland includes a Session on “Marine and Freshwater Pelagic and Benthic Harmful Algal Blooms: Toxins Production, Detection, Fate, Effects, Monitoring and Management”.

April 2020
MEETING: 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Freshwater HABs Workshop Online Registration and Abstract Submission for IFHAB ‘20 are now open. Abstract submission will close on Tuesday, February 8th. Early-Bird Registration will end on Friday, March 13th.

March 2020
MEETING: CCHAB Network quarterly meeting March 9th, 2020.

January 2020
NOTICE: Please submit nominations for new CCHAB Network co-chairs for the upcoming two year period (Summer 2020 to Summer 2022) via email to Joe Westhouse by January 31st. Election results will be announced at the Spring 2020 CCHAB meeting.
MEETING: Benthic HABs Discussion Workgroup Meeting, January 29 at 12:30-2 pm PST.

2019 Events and Training

December 2019
MEETING: December 19th CCHAB Network meeting
NOTICE: Updated HAB portal health pages now available – see Human Health Impacts, Domestic Animal (Dogs and Livestock) Impacts and Fish and Wildlife Impacts.
NOTICE: USEPA HAB infographics customized for California now available - Abbreviated infographic and detailed infographic
NOTICE: DWR Healthy Water Habits and HABs video now available on the HAB portal home page
NOTICE: USEPA Draft Technical Support Document: Implementing the 2019 Recommended Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria or Swimming Advisories for Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin released for public comment. RESOURCE: UNESCO published a report titled Solutions for managing cyanobacterial blooms, A scientific summary for policy makers.

November 2019
RESOURCE: Article on the Health Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms in the California Environmental Health Association Fall Bulletin (Volume 24, Issue No.1)

October 2019
MEETING: October 4th CCHAB Network meeting
MEETING: October 10-11 CALMS Annual Conference, San Diego.

September 2019
NOTICE: Public comment period now closed for EPA’s development of an Agency policy for determining if a harmful algal bloom (HAB) or hypoxia event in freshwater is an “event of national significance.”
NOTICE: AB834 receives final legislative approval on September 9.

August 2019
HEARING: August 12, Senate Appropriation Hearing includes AB834
MEETING: August 29-30, 9 am to 5 pm Taxonomy and Identification of Cyanobacteria at CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) Richmond lab hosted by Valley Water and CDPH.

July 2019
NOTICE: CCHAB Network Logo contest – submit a CCHAB Network logo with the letters “CCHAB” in the logo for consideration and potential use by CCHAB Network.
MEETING: July 12th CCHAB Network meeting.
RESOURCE: Outreach letters to Veterinarians, Local Health Officers and Environmental Health Directors, and Land/Water Resource Managers released by Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Related Illnesses.

June 2019
WEBINAR: EPA Preparing for HABs Season Webinar: Planning and Responding to Cyanotoxins in Recreational Waters, June 20, 2019
May 2019
RESOURCE: USEPA has issued final Recommended Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria or Swimming Advisories for two Cyanotoxins, Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin.
WEBINAR: California Freshwater Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Strategy Informational Webinar Series:
  • Webinar 2, May 22: Designing California’s Freshwater HABs Monitoring Approach – what can we learn from other areas of the US? Speakers: Beckye Stanton and Angela Shambaugh. The webinar recording is available here:
  • Webinar 3, May 28: Tribal Beneficial Uses and Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Programs in California. Speakers: Sarah Ryan and Susan Fricke. The webinar recording is available here:
HEARING: May 16th Appropriation Committee Hearing on two HAB-related assembly bills AB 834 and AB 835.
WEBINAR: NOAA’s Citizen Science Marine HAB Monitoring Network: A Model for Harnessing the Power of Citizen Science Programs for Monitoring Freshwater HABs. The webinar recording is available here:

April 2019
WEBINAR: Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms with the Power of Citizen Scientist: The NOAA Phytoplankton Monitoring Network. Here is a link to the recorded webinar and PDF of slides are available here.

2018 Events and Training

November 2018
MEETING: SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting on November 4-8, hosting session titled “Chemical, Biological and Instrumental methods for detecting harmful algae blooms and their natural toxins.”

September 2018
MEETING: CalWARN Harmful Algal Bloom Seminar and Tabletop Exercise Thursday, September 13, 2018.

August 2018
MEETING: Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board is hosting a second workshop on August 23, 2018 in Victorville, CA to improve the efficiency in responding to HABs that occur throughout the Lahontan Region. Contact or by phone at (530) 542-5425.

June 2018
MEETING: Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board hosted its first workshop on June 27, 2018 in Bishop to improve the efficiency in responding to HABs that occur throughout the Lahontan Region.

April 2018
RESOURCE: Outreach letters to Veterinarians, Local Health Officers, and Land/Water Resource Managers  released by Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Related Illnesses.
NEWS RELEASE: Association of California Water Agencies Water News: State Urges Reporting Of Harmful Algal Blooms
MEETING: California Legislature, Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife hosts first hearing on Assembly Bill (AB) 2053 Freshwater and Estuarine Harmful Algal Bloom Program
NEWS RELEASE: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) releases: A one-health solution to the toxic algae problem

March 2018
RESEARCH PUBLICATION: Harmful Algae, Multiple freshwater and marine algal toxins at the land-sea interface of San Francisco Bay, California

2017 Events and Training

June 2017
RESEARCH PUBLICATION: Harmful Algae, Rise and fall of toxic benthic freshwater cyanobacteria (Anabaena spp.) in the Eel river: Buoyancy and dispersal

May 2017
RESOURCE: Interagency workgroup released Blue-Green Algae: A Veterinarian Reference

April 2017
MEETING/VIDEO: US EPA and California SWAMP co-host HAB webinar and 3-day Meeting in Costa Mesa:

March 2017
RESEARCH PUBLICATION: Toxins, Multiple Stressors at the Land-Sea Interface: Cyanotoxins at the Land-Sea Interface in the Southern California Bight

2016 Events and Training

June 2016
MEETING/VIDEO: June 14, 2016 Workshop on Identifying and Responding to Cyanobacteria Harmful Algae Waterblooms in California - organized by the State Water  Control Board's Training Academy and OIMA's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) in cooperation with UC Davis Extension, were recorded and can be viewed on YouTube on the HABs Workshop Video Playlist.

May 2016
VIDEO: CyanoHABs Field Testing Presentation - May 31, 2016

January 2016
MEETING/VIDEO: California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network's meeting on Cyanobacteria (Blue-green algae) available on YouTube.

2015 Events and Training

May 2015
MEETING/VIDEO: Western Regional Epidemiology Network - May 21, 2015
MEETING/VIDEO: Monitoring and Assessment Partnership Webinar - May 19, 2015