Algal Bloom Action Team

The North Central Region Algal Bloom Action Team was formed in 2018 to and is comprised of representatives from Extension and the Water Resources Research Institutes at each of the land-grant universities within the North Central Region. Collectively, the team is working to make emergent HAB research accessible to agriculture and natural resource educators across the region. As a part of this work, the team is once again hosting a Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium!

January 6-7, 2022, the Algal Bloom Action Team hosted a free Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium.  Last year’s event brought together over 890 educators and researchers from across the US to hear the latest HAB research and discussed ongoing outreach efforts.

This year’s  symposium featured emergent harmful algal bloom (HAB) research and provided a venue for moderated discussions regarding HAB research, outreach, and how information dissemination can be improved.

Symposium Presentations

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The Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium is a partnership between national network of Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI), the North Central Region Water Network and Cooperative Extensions within each state in the North Central Region.


Algal Bloom Action Team Webinar Series

The Algal Bloom Action Team is hosting a webinar series as a follow-up to January’s virtual symposium highlighting the latest HAB research. Webinar’s will be held bimonthly with the first webinar taking place next week on Wednesday, March 3rd. Presentations will last approximately 25 minutes with time for discussion at the conclusion of the session. This event is hosted by the North Central Region Water Network and recordings can be found by visiting our YouTube channel.

Most Recent Webinar
Complexities in Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms
Wednesday, November 3rd at 11AM – Watch the Recording

Predicting when and where conditions are ripe for harmful algal blooms would ideally reduce the bloom’s impact on water quality and mitigation costs, so why is harmful algal bloom prediction so complex?

This webinar features Justin Chaffin, Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator at Ohio State University and Stone Laboratory and Katie Foreman, Physical Scientist at the US EPA, who discuss their research on the ecology and physiology of harmful algal blooms and how this work can be used to help solve the prediction puzzle!

You can view the presentation slides here.

You can also view the recording of our March, May  and July webinars on our YouTube page.


Algal Bloom Action Team Educational Resources

  • Frequently Asked Harmful Algal Bloom Questions
    in the fall of 2020 the team created a database of Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs surrounding HABS. These questions cover identifying, monitoring and treating HABS, human health and HABS, and animal health and HABS. This resource can be used directly by communities and landowners, incorporated into state-based outreach materials, or used as a reference in educational programming. Access the FAQ here
  • Harmful Algal Blooms – What You Should know
    This factsheet covers general harmful algal bloom information and is intended for educators to use when conducting HAB outreach and education. It can also be shared with fellow educators and community organizers as it shares key HAB messages for engaged citizens, professionals and the general public. Access the factsheet here.
  • Harmful Algal Blooms – Prevention and Treatment for Landowners
    This factsheet outlines what landowners can do to prevent harmful algal bloom on their property and how to approach treating blooms when they do occur. Access the factsheet here.

The team is working on creating additional factsheets addressing human health, animal health and more.


Other Harmful Algal Bloom Resources to Note

In addition to the resources from our team, we want to make you aware of other harmful algal bloom resources which can be helpful to when conducting HAB outreach and education.

Also, The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a postdoctoral fellowship to focus on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics and Toxins. More information here.  



Hanna Bates
Assistant Director
Iowa Water Center

A factsheet on this project can be found here.