In early January, the Algal Bloom Action Team, a collaboration of water professionals, researchers, and educators from twelve states in the North Central Region of the United States is hosting its 2nd annual Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium. Team members include the national network of Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI), the North Central Region Water Network, and university extensions within each state in the North Central Region. The free-to-attend symposium will bring together researchers from across the US to present and discuss the latest developments in HAB research and outreach. Presentations will cover four different topics:
- HAB Monitoring and Ecology
- Cyanotoxin Treatment and Detection
- Forecasting and Modeling HABs
- Emerging Technology for Detecting and Monitoring HABs
On Thursday, January 6th, Hunter Adams of The City of Wichita Falls, Texas will be giving a talk titled "Proactive Monitoring - HABs, T&O, and Cyanotoxins" at 10 am Central Time.
Hunter Adams has been a FlowCam user for several years and has published a variety of resources outlining his team's strategy for monitoring Cyanobacteria in drinking water.
Buerkens F, Smith SA, Ford G & Adams H "Tackle Taste and Odor with Proactive Water Quality Monitoring." Opflow, October 2020, 10-14.
"Increasing sampling frequency and locations is often difficult, as labs are frequently understaffed and overloaded. Fortunately, remarkable technological progress has taken place in recent years, making it possible to expand monitoring programs with a limited team. Three relatively new technologies - multiparameter sondes, semiautomated flow-imaging microscopes, and DNA-based assays - can be integrated from the field to the lab to form the foundation of a comprehensive screening program for cyanobacteria and address concerns about the production of T&O compounds as well as toxins."