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Upcoming Forum Announcements

April 18, 2019

5:45 to 6:30 pm - Networking/Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Speaker Forum


Responding to Harmful Algae Bloom Events in Oregon, from Satellites to In situ

The Paramount Hotel (Mezzanine Level)
808 SW Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97205

  • One block from MAX, Street Car & Smart Park

For additional information, contact:

  • Joe Needoba, Speaker Chair 503-346-3421

  • Sara Moore, President


You may have noticed that news about Harmful Algal Blooms in recent years –from closing recreational activities in the Willamette River to impacting drinking water in Salem. This forum will help answer your questions about the science and management of cyanobacteria that cause these issues in Oregon and nationally. We will gain insights into the ecology of cyanobacteria, discuss some of the tools used to monitor cyanobacteria and their toxins (satellites and instruments), and discuss the role that DEQ and OHA play and where we are headed in the future.


Aaron Borisenko, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Aaron has a B.A. degree in History from University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. and M.S. Degree in Biology from Portland State University. He has worked for DEQ for over 22 years and managed the Water Quality Monitoring Section at the DEQ Laboratory since 2008. He is the EPA Region 10 state representative on the National Water Quality Monitoring Council. Over the last, decade, Aaron has worked to manage monitoring of Harmful Algae Bloom events in close collaboration with Oregon Health Authority and other partners.

 Rebecca Hillwig, Oregon Health Authority

 Rebecca has 29 years of experience in the environmental and health field. She began working for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality in 1990, and since then has worked for Oregon OSHA as an Industrial Hygienist, and for Oregon DEQ in several areas including air and water quality. In 2011 Rebecca joined the Oregon Health Authority as the Program Coordinator for the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance and Beach Monitoring programs and in 2013 became lead on fish consumption advisories and recycled water use permit reviews.


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