City of Urbana Pumpkin Smash Event November 4th at the Landscape Recycling Center

The city of Urbana is hosting a Pumpkin Smash event at the Landscape Recycling center on Saturday, November 4th from 11 am to 3 pm. This is a free event to bring your old October gourds to the food compost pile and smash them up, while learning about local compost and organics recycling!

UIUC’s Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) group is also going to set up pumpkin collecting stations around campus at FAR/PAR, Channing Murray, Ikenberry Commons, and Grainger Library and collect pumpkins on November 4th from 10 am – 2 pm. If you’re a student who has a pumpkin to get rid of but can’t personally get to the Landscape Recycling Center, you can drop it off at one of these pumpkin collecting stations.

2023 Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar Series Calendar

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
February 1st Donna Hill USEPA Toxins Associated w/ Freshwater HABs & Mammalian Health Effect
April 5th Jeanine Refsnider

Alba Argerich
University of Toledo

University of Missouri
Effects of Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms on Wildlife Health

Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Community Science- The Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program
June 7th James Cotner

John Lenhart
University of Minnesota

Ohio State University


Use of Activated Carbon for Cyanotoxin Treatment
August 2nd Adam Heathcote

Katherine Canfield
Science Museum of Minnesota


October 4th Grace Wilkinson

Ann St. Amand
University of Wisconsin, Madison

PhycoTech, Inc.

December 6th Gina LaLiberte

Anna Boegehold

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research


Upcoming Algal Blooms Action Team Webinar: Wed. February 1, 2023 at 11 AM CT

North Central Region Water Network Upcoming Webinar:
Toxins Associated with Fresh Water Harmful Algal Blooms and Their Mammalian Health Effects
Wednesday February 1, 2023 11:00 AM CT/ 12:00 PM ET  

Algal Bloom Action Team Webinar Series

 The Algal Bloom Action Team is hosting its first webinar of 2023 on Wednesday, February 1st. This webinar will feature Donna Hill with the Office of Research and Development with the US EPA. Hill will provide an overview of health effects seen in humans and animals from freshwater cyanotoxin blooms. Completed and planned cyanotoxin research in their EPA lab will also be outlined.

The Algal Bloom Action Team is a collaboration of water professionals, researchers, and educators from the national network of Water Resources Research Institutes, the North Central Region Water Network, and Cooperative Extensions from the 12 states in the North Central Region of the United States. More information at

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3rd Annual Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium. A river channel with abundant algal bloom growth and overhanging trees.

Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium Recap – View slides for the 4 sessions!

The Algal Bloom Action Team’s popular Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium returned for its third year on January 5-6, 2023.

The event brought together over 800 water professionals from across the North Central Region to hear about the latest harmful algal bloom Research, discuss examples of effective bloom management, and learn about the latest technologies being used to tackle this global issue

View the recordings of the symposium:

View an abbreviated version of the agenda below or find a more detailed PDF here.