South Carolina Cyanotoxin Distribution Projects

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There is growing concern in the United States about harmful algal blooms (HABs), which occur due to rapid algal growth. HABs can cause harm to humans and their localized environment. One of the most common types of HABs, especially in freshwater, is due to cyanobacteria, a microscopic organism. HABs of cyanobacteria can produce toxins in high enough concentrations to impact human health and freshwater or marine life. Cyanobacteria toxins (cyanotoxins) can also produce taste and odor issues in drinking water, which increases the need for improved drinking-water treatment. In order to protect public health and the environment, the Department developed and commenced a HABs Monitoring Program, particularly cyanobacteria toxins, that began in 2018. These assessment reports cover the cyanotoxin work completed in each year/

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    2021 South Carolina cyanotoxin distribution project
    (2023-06) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Water, Aquatic Science Programs; Bores, Emily; Lachenmyer, Lindsey
    There is growing concern in the United States about harmful algal blooms (HABs), which occur due to rapid algal growth. HABs can cause harm to humans and their localized environment. One of the most common types of HABs, especially in freshwater, is due to cyanobacteria, a microscopic organism. HABs of cyanobacteria can produce toxins in high enough concentrations to impact human health and freshwater or marine life. Cyanobacteria toxins (cyanotoxins) can also produce taste and odor issues in drinking water, which increases the need for improved drinking-water treatment. In 2018, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) initiated the HABs Monitoring Program to investigate the effects that cyanotoxins have on human health and the environment within the State. This report presents the cyanotoxin work completed in 2021.
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    2019 South Carolina cyanotoxin distribution project March 2021
    (2021-03) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Water, Aquatic Science Programs; Bores, Emily; Lachenmyer, Lindsey
    There is growing concern in the United States about harmful algal blooms (HABs), which occur due to rapid algal growth. HABs can cause harm to humans and their localized environment. One of the most common types of HABs, especially in freshwater, is due to cyanobacteria, a microscopic organism. HABs of cyanobacteria can produce toxins in high enough concentrations to impact human health and freshwater or marine life. Cyanobacteria toxins (cyanotoxins) can also produce taste and odor issues in drinking water, which increases the need for improved drinking-water treatment. In 2018, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) initiated the HABs Monitoring Program to investigate the effects that cyanotoxins have on human health and the environment within the State. This assessment report covers the cyanotoxin work completed in 2019.
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    2018 South Carolina cyanotoxin distribution project December 2020
    (2020-12) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Water, Aquatic Science Program ; Bores, Emily; Lachenmyer, Lindsey
    There is growing concern in the United States about harmful algal blooms (HABs), which occur due to rapid algal growth. HABs can cause harm to humans and their localized environment. One of the most common types of HABs, especially in freshwater, is due to cyanobacteria, a microscopic organism. HABs of cyanobacteria can produce toxins in high enough concentrations to impact human health and freshwater or marine life. Cyanobacteria toxins (cyanotoxins) can also produce taste and odor issues in drinking water, which increases the need for improved drinking-water treatment. In order to protect public health and the environment, the Department developed and commenced a HABs Monitoring Program, particularly cyanobacteria toxins, that began in 2018. This assessment report covers the cyanotoxin work completed that year.