Committees » Harmful Algae Blooms Work Group

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The Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) Work Group is a new group approved by WACD members in 2021 in Resolution 2021-01 — WACD establish workgroup to evaluate HAB problem and funding:

WACD supports formation of a workgroup to assess the status of HABs in the state, the adequacy of current funding for monitoring HABs, the adequacy of funding for programs to address HABs statewide, and to recommend actions that conservation districts should take to reduce the frequency and duration of HABs in Washington. The committee has a one-year charter to report back to the association and the board.

The HAB Work Group is being established in April, 2022 and is being chaired by Mark Sytsma, Whidbey Island CD Supervisor.

Committee members

First NameLast NameTitleOrganization
Paul Andersson District Manager San Juan Islands CD
Marcella Appel Water Resource Project Manager Benton CD
Bill Blake District Manager Skagit CD
Walt Edelen Water Resources Program Manager Spokane CD
Glenn Gately Water Quality and Fish Habitat Specialist Jefferson County CD
Heather McCoy Executive Director Whidbey Island CD
Debbie Meisinger Program Manager, Riparian Habitat Stewardship King CD
Mark Nielson District Manager Franklin and Benton CDs
Ron Scerbicke Watershed Planner Grant CD
Mark Sytsma Supervisor Whidbey Island CD

Downloadable references & reports

The workgroup established an online resource portal – complete with previous meeting minutes and recordings, shared resources, HAB-affiliated websites, and more as they conduct their work.