September and October HABs Webinar and Trainings

Three different Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) webinars and trainings are being held in September and October that should be of interest to state drinking water programs and the broader water community.

  1. September 19 ASDWA HABS Webinar: CyAN Potential Satellite Monitoring Of Drinking Water Sources: On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm (eastern time), ASDWA will hold a webinar about the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) potential for satellite monitoring of drinking water sources. CyAN is a multi-agency project among US EPA, NASA, NOAA, and USGS to develop a satellite early warning indicator system for cyanobacterial blooms in U.S. freshwater systems. During the webinar, speakers will discuss how to easily access the satellite data, how the data may be used to monitor source water at drinking water intakes, how satellite data compared to responses of the fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, and highlight a use case with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Register for the webinar here.
  2. October 5 & 12 ITRC Two-Part Training on Harmful Cyanobacteria Blooms (HCBs) Guidance: The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) will hold a two-part training on HCBs that will review key information found in the two ITRC HCB Guidance Documents: Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCB-1) and the companion document focused on benthic HCBs (HCB-2). These trainings will help regulators and other government agency staff understand the state of the science on cyanobacteria and approaches to manage and reduce the occurrence of blooms. To register for both of these trainings, visit the ITRC website.
    • HCB-1 Training: Thursday, October 5, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:15 pm (eastern time)
    • HCB-2 Training:Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:15 pm (eastern time)
  3. October 16-25 EPA Four-Part CyanoSymposium: EPA will hold its four-part CyanoSymposium virtual training on October 16, 18, 23, and 25, 2023, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm (eastern time). The training will include an introduction to freshwater cyanobacteria and their toxins, from biology and taxonomy to ecology, monitoring (from in situ to space-based), and analysis. It will also cover how these harmful cyanobacterial blooms affect water quality programs and federal support available for management and mitigation. Each day will include a spotlight on a state or tribal freshwater HABs program and the final day will include a panel on funding opportunities for managing HABs. You must register for each day separately through the following links. If you have questions, contact:
    • Day 1 (Monday, October 16, 2023): Cyanobacteria Introduction and Sampling. Register for Day 1 here.
    • Day 2 (Wednesday, October 18, 2023): Cyanobacteria Toxin Deep Dive and Methods. Register for Day 2 here.
    • Day 3: (Monday, October 23, 2023): Cyanobacteria Monitoring from Space, Participatory Science, Tools and Lessons Learned. Register for Day 3 here.
    • Day 4: (Wednesday, October 25, 2023): Clean Water Act and Drinking Water Program Tools, and Federal Funding for HABs Work (BIL/IRA and Beyond). Register for Day 4 here.