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Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCBs) pose significant threats to freshwater inland lakes and reservoirs. These waterbodies are typically open ecological systems that are susceptible to eutrophication and increased water temperature, which has led to the increase of HCBs frequency, intensity, and geographic range. Impacts from HCBs vary from nuisance to catastrophic, with negative short and long-term human and ecosystem health consequences.

Determining effective mitigation strategies for HCBs is a challenge for environmental regulators since mitigation approaches vary in scale and scope, from investigation of individual technologies to integrated watershed monitoring, modeling, and prediction. The goal of this project team is to develop a technical and regulatory guidance document as a comprehensive resource for prevention and management of HCBs. The project team will produce fact sheets on the primary steps of prevention and early response, best management practices, and risk communication. The group will also develop tools and training materials to aid regulators in identifying prevention and remediation approaches.