Cayuga County Health Department team recognized for work on harmful algal blooms

Cayuga County’s 2017 Harmful Algal Bloom Response Team was recognized by the state last week for its “remarkable and commendable” work combating the blooms that have come to plague waterbodies throughout the county and state.

The state Department of Health announced Aug. 31 that the county’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Team, organized under the county Health Department, was added to the 2018 Honor Roll as part of the state’s Public Health Works! Campaign.

Last year, according to a release announcing the honor, the response team’s staff created innovative preparedness tools, informational campaigns and urgent response messaging to educate county staff, community partners and the public about HABs prior to the blooming season.

Once the blooms appeared, response team members worked seven days a week taking calls from concerned citizens, collecting and shipping water samples for analysis and educating waterfront operators, all work that’s been beneficial to other local health departments working to address HABs, according to the release.

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