March 20, 2018 - North Country Harmful Algal Bloom Summit

Cyanobacteria blooms can impact the quality of drinking water and the recreational use of water resources. Photo by Robert Galbraith.

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Best Western Ticonderoga
260 Burgoyne Road
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

The summit is one of four regional summits that are part of New York State’s $65 million four-point initiative to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms in Upstate New York. The increasing frequency and duration of harmful algal blooms threaten drinking water quality and the recreational use of lakes essential to upstate tourism. Hear from local, state and national experts on harmful algal blooms and get involved in creating a local action plan to safeguard waterways. The sessions will include talks by experts, a panel discussion and an opportunity for local residents to share recommendations and ideas.

At the summits, experts will work with local steering committees to begin development of tailored action plans to address the causes of algal blooms in the twelve priority waterbodies across the state. Action plans will be developed for each waterbody by the end of May and will be used to guide the development and implementation of priority projects, including new monitoring and treatment technologies.

The state's panel of national Harmful Algal Blooms experts includes:

·         Greg Boyer, Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

·         Karl Czymmeck, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University Department of Animal Science

·         Tim Davis, Associate Professor, Bowling Greene State University, Ohio

·         Art DeGaetano, Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

·         Sally Flis, Director, Agronomy, The Fertilizer Institute

·         Jennifer Graham, Research Hydrologist, USGS Kansas Water Science Center

·         Nelson Hairston, Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Environmental Science, Cornell University

·         Dave Matthews, Director, Upstate Freshwater Institute

·         Tim Mihuc, Professor of Environmental Science, SUNY Plattsburgh

·         Hans Paerl, Professor, University of North Carolina

·         Heather Raymond, Program Coordinator, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

·         Angela Shambaugh, Aquatic Biologist, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

·         Dr. Steve Souza, Founder, Princeton Hydro LLC

·         Dr. Harold W. Walker, co-director of the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology, SUNY Stony Brook

·         Judy Westrick, Director of the Lumigen Instrument Facility, Wayne State University

·         Steve Willhelm, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee