Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council Communicating Cyanobacteria Health Risks – an online presentation given on March 24, 2021 by Beckye Stanton of the California Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (co-author Christine Osborne, Utah Department of Environmental Quality)
Members of several Interstate and Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) teams collaborated on an over-arching Risk Communication Toolkit. This toolkit provides an overview, resources, and examples for risk communication planning and stakeholder outreach. While many aspects of the toolkit are applicable to harmful cyanobacteria blooms (HCBs), the potentially transitory or intermittent occurrence of HCBs in a given water body creates some unique issues as compared to legacy contaminants. The ITRC HCB team also developed communication and response planning resources as part of the HCB guidance document coming out this month.