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Learn about algal blooms at event

Meeting will be Aug. 24 on COA campus

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Algae was sighted Tuesday morning by Edenton Bay. Last week, algae was reported in a sampling taken July 23 by the Shawnee Trail Canal by Arrowhead Beach, according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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Submitted report

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Scientists and community leaders will come together on Aug. 24 to discuss harmful algal blooms in northeastern North Carolina. This summer, state officials issued multiple warnings for residents and visitors to avoid contact with algae on the region’s waters.

The meeting will be held at the College of the Albemarle’s Edenton campus, in the Culinary Arts Building, 118 Blades St. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with public presentations. At 11:15 a.m., partners from universities; federal, state and local agencies; and community organizations, will hold a work session aimed at improving communications among organizations and for the public. 

“The presentations will highlight what we know and are learning about algal blooms in the region, with a particular focus on the Chowan River and upper Albemarle Sound” said Gloria Putnam, of North Carolina Sea Grant. “Researchers will present initial findings from two ongoing projects that are providing insights on the region’s ecology and current conditions. Also, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources will explain the process to report new blooms.”

With funding from the Community Collaborative Research Grant program, the research partners include Chowan Edenton Environmental Group and scientists from NC State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CEEG had worked with Sea Grant and other partners on previous citizen science efforts in the region.

Other partners in the outreach program include Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, NC Water Resources Research Institute, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Beaufort Laboratory, NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health, and Town of Edenton.

For information on the meeting, contact Putnam, gloria_putnam@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0117.

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