By Kacey Fitzpatrick
It’s the first week of September which means it’s the end of summer, kids are going back to school, football is starting, and pumpkin-flavored everything is appearing in grocery stores and coffee shops.
September is also National Preparedness Month, and although EPA researchers work year-round to help local communities across the nation become more resilient and better prepared to respond to disasters, their efforts will be highlighted this month.
- Yale University’s The Metric blog featured how the Agency’s Office of Homeland Security “is now taking steps to build community capacity on environmental resilience to reduce risk from both natural and manmade risks.” Read Disasters Looming, EPA Focuses on Environmental Resilience.
- To learn more about how EPA homeland security researchers support such efforts, see the special homeland security issue of our EPA Science Matters newsletter.
Recently, we saw how toxins from harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms can disrupt the nation’s source waters.
- This week, three EPA researchers shared how they and their partners are Helping Communities and Water Utilities Address Harmful Algal Blooms.
- In addition, Agency scientists and their partners are developing innovative ways to monitor algal growth and other coastal water quality impacts from space. For more, see Algal growth a blooming problem Space Station to help monitor, and Around the Water Cooler: HICO and H2O, which features how the Agency is advancing such innovative research.
If you have any comments or questions about what I share or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!
About the Author: Writer Kacey Fitzpatrick recently joined the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development as a student contractor.