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The HABS program relies on the expertise of many partners as it works to protect the public and gather data. This page lists some of the agencies involved in responding to harmful algae blooms.

Lake Management

Federal, state and local agencies monitor lakes and reservoirs that have high recreational use, and provide the HABS program with laboratory results of water samples collected when a cyanobacteria (blue-green alge) bloom is suspected. These lab results are the basis for issuing public health advisories. HABS consistently works with:

Devils Lake Water Improvement District manages Devils Lake, located in Lincoln County, and does routine monitoring for cyanobacteria.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality provides HABS with consultation and expertise related to water quality issues. Protecting Oregon's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater quality is an important part of DEQ's mission.

Tenmile Lake Basin Partnership focuses on improving water quality in the Tenmile Lakes Watershed Basin, located in Coos County, and monitors Tenmile Lake for cyanobacteria. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monitors waterbodies formed by its civil engineering projects for cyanobacteria blooms.. 

U.S. Forest Service monitors recreational waterbodies on its lands for cyanobacteria bloom.

Public Health Protection

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds the Oregon HABS program and works with other state agencies, universities and federal partners to investigate the impact of harmful algae blooms on human health. 

Washington Department of Health has a harmful algae bloom surveillance program, also funded by CDC, and does toxin testing of algae blooms in Washington freshwaters.  

California Department of Health is increasingly dealing with harmful algae blooms in a number of California water bodies.  

Shellfish Safety Closures
Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife jointly monitor for marine biotoxins and issue shellfish safety closures to alert recreational harvesters when clams or mussels have been contaminated.

    Join Our Listserv

The HABS program has created a listserv to share information with partners, stakeholders and interested public. When a health advisory is issued, an email is sent to subscribers that includes the news release and water sample results (algae species and cell counts). Emails are also sent when an advisory is lifted. Other timely information may be periodically shared as well. To join the list, email us at