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Harmful Algal Bloom Workshops Offered

February 11, 2008

Most algae blooms are harmless, but some blue-green algal blooms can produce toxins that may sicken people and animals. Blue-green algae are found throughout Minnesota and thrive in warm, nutrient-rich lakes.

Harmful algal blooms (HAB) in Minnesota lakes will be the focus of individual workshops in Sauk Centre on March 4, North Mankato on March 5, and St. Paul on March 6. The St. Paul workshop will also be Webcast at: www.pca.state.mn.us.

Anyone can register for a HAB workshop, but people who directly deal with blue-green algal blooms, related health risks, and communications are especially encouraged to attend. Space is limited.

The workshops, which run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., cost $15 and include lunch. Minnesota Sea Grant, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health are sponsors.

Presenters from these organizations and others will review the science surrounding HAB, share algae management strategies, and facilitate discussions.

To register and learn more about the workshops, visit: www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/2008/01/03. Or contact: Barb Liukkonen at (612) 625-9256.

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