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Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance

Staff

Curtis Cude
Program Manager
curtis.g.cude@state.or.us
971-673-0975

Rebecca Hillwig
Program Coordinator
rebecca.hillwig@state.or.us
971-673-0431

Marina Counter
Research Analyst
marina.counter@state.or.us
971-673-0998

Dave Farrer
Toxicologist
dave.farrer@state.or.us
971-673-0971

Karen Worden
Administrative Specialist
karen.a.worden@state.or.us
971-673-1124

About Us

Working to better understand the occurrence of toxic algae blooms in Oregon and their impact on human health. The program is funded through a five-year federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

HABS is part of Environmental Public Health in the Center for Health Protection.

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We work with a variety of partners to share information, coordinate efforts and communicate with the public. All data regarding harmful algae blooms and human and animal illnesses are reported to our funding agency, the CDC, where they become part of a national database.

Goals
  • Collect freshwater and marine water algae bloom data that includes bloom frequency, intensity, duration and species composition.
  • Collect reports of toxic algae-related human and animal illness and enter these data into the national Harmful Algae Bloom Illness Surveillance System database.
  • Advise the public when a harmful algae bloom has been detected so people can take protective action to avoid illness.
  • Develop relationships with partners who are involved in responding to algae blooms.
  • Build the capacity of partners to sample water bodies for algae blooms in a scientifically sound manner.
  • Identify drinking water systems that may be vulnerable to algae blooms and prioritize them for future prevention and response activities.
  • Increase public awareness about harmful algae blooms through outreach and educational activities.

What We Do

Contact Us

Phone:971-673-0400
FAX:971-673-0457
Toll Free: 877-290-6767

Address

Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 640
Portland, OR 97232

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM