Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms

 

URL: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/freshwater-harmful-algal-blooms

Open Date: 10/28/2016 – Close Date: 01/04/2017

Summary:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, announces the release of the Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Request for Applications.  This RFA seeks regular and early career applications proposing innovative research on the prediction, prevention, control and mitigation of freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) as well as the drivers, life cycle patterns, and fate of and effects from less-common, less-studied, and emerging freshwater HAB species and toxins.

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) and associated hypoxia events have devastating consequences for ecosystems, communities and the health of humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. Recent large scale HAB events in lakes and reservoirs across the country, as well as in large river systems (e.g., Ohio River), emphasize the need for further research to improve water quality and protect public health. HABs are defined here as the excessive growth of various species of phytoplankton, protists, cyanobacteria, and macro and benthic algae whose proliferation negatively impacts water quality, aquatic ecosystem stability, and animal and human health.

In June 2014, Congress reauthorized the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, recognizing concerns related to HABs and hypoxia.  Modifications extended the scope of the legislation to include freshwater HABs and hypoxia and acknowledged the need for further coordinated action across the Federal sector. While HABs and hypoxia occur in marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems, the focus of this RFA will be on applications proposing innovative research on the prediction, prevention, control and mitigation of freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Specifically, the RFA seeks applications on non-agriculture, freshwaters that are important to aquatic ecosystems, drinking water and recreational activity.

This RFA is supported by EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program.

Applicable Category(s): Grant/Fellowship Announcements

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