TWIN FALLS—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) will host an open house to provide information to the public about cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins, water quality monitoring, and public outreach.

The open house will be held November 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Twin Falls Regional office, located at  650 Addison Ave. West, Suite 110.

Representatives from DEQ, SCPHD, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will be in attendance to answer questions about harmful algal blooms in Idaho:

  • What are cyanobacteria and why are they a concern?
  • What are cyanotoxins and what are their health effects?
  • What is DEQ’s role in monitoring and sampling Idaho’s water bodies?
  • What is DHW and SCPHD’s role in protecting public health issues?
  • How can we improve communication to the public?

Cyanobacteria blooms, also called harmful algal blooms (HABs), are not uncommon in the warm summer months. However, as blooms become more frequent throughout Idaho, it is important for the public to understand why these blooms are occurring and why they pose a public health risk.

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