2018 Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium
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The inaugural Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium was held on May 16, 2018 at the Timber Point Country Club, Great River.  The NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science provided funding for the Symposium through an Ecology and Oceanography of HABs (ECOHAB) award to Dr. Christopher Gobler, a researcher and faculty member at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (SoMAS).

The focus for this first meeting was a public presentation of the Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (Plan), which was prepared by New York Sea Grant under contract to Suffolk County, as a guide to neutralizing the impacts of the growing threat of harmful algal blooms. MORE >>

Agenda

Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium
May 16, 2018
Timber Point Country Club, Great River


PROGRAM
NOTE: Links to all presentations are provided

8:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast & Informal Poster Session

8:45 Introductions - Ms. Antoinette Clemetson, New York Sea Grant

8:55 Opening Remarks & Welcome - Mr. William Wise, New York Sea Grant

9:00 Keynote Address - Mr. Peter Scully, Deputy County Executive (PDF)
(delivered by Mr. Dorian Dale, Director of Sustainability)

Presenting the Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan

9:10 Defining Water Quality on Long Island - Dr. Christopher Gobler, Stony Brook University SoMAS (PDF)

9:25 HAB Action Planning Process in Suffolk County - Mr. William Wise, New York Sea Grant (PDF)

9:40 Suffolk County HAB Action Plan Presentation - Mr. Walter Dawydiak, Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services (PDF)

Local/Regional Success Stories

10:00 Ecosystems and Habitat Response to Nutrient Reduction: Success Stories - Dr. James Ammerman, NEIWPCC/Long Island Sound Study (PDF)

10:15 BREAK

Harmful Algal Bloom Coordination in Freshwater

10:25 12 Priority Lakes HAB Initiative - Mr. Eric Wiegert, NYS Department of Health (PDF)

Harmful Algal Bloom Response Coordination BMPs

10:40 Reclaiming Our Waters - Mr. Ken Zegel, Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services (PDF)

11:00 Rebuilding Suffolk County Shellfish Communities

Part I: Role of Bivalve Filtration on Water Quality - Dr. Christopher Gobler, Stony Brook University SoMAS (PDF)

Part II: Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project - Ms. Debra Barnes, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (PDF)

How Can Stakeholders Help to Advance Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Plan Implementation

11:20 Paving the Way Forward to Support HAB Response Coordination

Opening Remarks by Dr. Christopher Gobler, Stony Brook University, SoMAS

Plenary Discussion moderated by Mr. William Wise, New York Sea Grant

12:00 Closing Remarks & Dismissal

Mr. Walter Dawydiak, Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services (PDF)


2018 Planning Committee Membership

Dr. James Ammerman, NEIWPCC/Long Island Sound Study
Ms. Debra Barnes, NYS DEC Marine Bureau
Dr. Katherine Bunting-Howarth, New York Sea Grant
Mr. Jeremy Campbell, South Shore Estuary Reserve
Ms. Karen Chytalo, NYS DEC Marine Bureau
Mr. DeWitt, Davis, Suffolk County Dept of Planning
Dr. Christopher Gobler, School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (SoMAS)
Dr. Rebecca Gorney, NYS DEC Division of Water
Mr. Scott Kishbaugh, NYS DEC Bureau of Water Assessment Management
Ms. Sarah Schaefer, Peconic Estuary Program
Dr. Matt Sclafani, CCE of Suffolk Marine Program/PEP STAC
Dr. Mark Tedesco, EPA Long Island Sound Study
Mr. Eric Wiegert, NYS Department of Health


Symposium Moderator

Mr. William Wise, New York Sea Grant


Facilitators

Ms. Antoinette Clemetson, New York Sea Grant
Mr. Michael Jensen, Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services


Questions/Comments

Please email questions and comments about the Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan to michael.jensen@suffolkcountyny.gov.


Funding for this project is under NOAA ECOHAB Award #NA17-NOS-4780201.



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