2021 South Carolina cyanotoxin distribution project

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South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Water, Aquatic Science Programs
Bores, Emily
Lachenmyer, Lindsey
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2023-06
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Algal blooms--South Carolina , Cyanobacterial toxins--South Carolina
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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 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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Records, documents, and information made available by the agencies of the South Carolina state government or its subdivisions are the property of the people of the state of South Carolina. Therefore, according to U.S. copyright law, the South Carolina State Library considers these items to be in the public domain (see Title 17, U.S.C.).
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