ABSTRACT

Environmental Protection: Information on Federal Agencies' Expenditures and Coordination Related to Harmful Algae, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the highlights section within the document: "Harmful algal blooms are an environmental problem in all 50 states, according to EPA. While algae are essential to the ecosystem, providing food for all types of animals, these blooms can produce toxins that hurt the environment and local economies. Specifically, they can cause human illness or death from the consumption of seafood or water contaminated by toxic algae; harm aquatic and other animal species through neurological or liver damage or severe oxygen depletion; and hurt the seafood industry, recreation, and tourism. Harmful algal blooms occur naturally, but their prevalence, frequency, and severity are increasing--and this increase is influenced by climate, pollution, and human activities such as agriculture and wastewater, according to an interagency working group report. The Drinking Water Protection Act included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review federally funded activities related to harmful algal blooms. This report examines (1) how much federal agencies expended on these activities from fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and (2) how federal agencies coordinate their activities with each other and with nonfederal stakeholders. GAO collected information from federal agencies by using a questionnaire and interviewing agency officials."

Report Number:
GAO-17-119
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Date:
2016-10-14
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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