Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration
Water Quality Standards
3900 Commonwealth Blvd.
The Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force makes recommendations in determining strategies to research, monitor, control and mitigate red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida waters. The HAB Task Force will prioritize and recommend: Actions to reduce excess loads of nutrients entering our freshwater and coastal systems developed in collaboration with the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, relevant entities identified in Executive Order 19-12 and other stakeholders; Improvements to current policies and procedures that prevent or mitigate the impacts of harmful algal blooms on public health, ecosystem sustainability, economic viability, and other valued facets of society; Enhancements to communication, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration among stakeholders charged with responding to harmful algal blooms and their effects; and Strategic research into the biology and ecology of species creating harmful algal blooms; detection, tracking, modeling, and prediction of blooms; fate of algal toxins; impacts of blooms on valued facets of society; prevention, control and mitigation of blooms; and other key issues.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.