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Autumn Lecture Series: Public Health and Harmful Algae Blooms

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Join us on Zoom in hearing from Margaret Smigo, Waterborne Hazards Program Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Environmental Health Services, Division of Shellfish Safety and Waterborne Hazards about the 2021 Harmful Algae (Cyanobacteria) Bloom and Recreational Advisory for the North Fork Shenandoah River from a public health perspective!

Margaret has served as the Waterborne Hazards Program Coordinator at VDH for six years, overseeing the Coastal Beach Monitoring Program, Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force, and supporting outreach and education for waterborne recreational water illness prevention. Prior work experience includes Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Quality, Adjunct Biology Teacher at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Health Inspector for the VDH. Academic and leadership accomplishments include a Fellowship with the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute via the Institute of Engagement and Negotiation at the University of Virginia, in addition to a M.S. in Environmental Studies and B.S. in Biology from VCU.