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The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report in June indicating federal agencies, namely the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, should take more action to help communities manage risks from harmful algal blooms and hypoxia – extremely low waterway oxygen levels – which are increasing with climate change.
GAO offered six recommendations for improvement, including developing frameworks to expand freshwater monitoring and forecasting, developing a national hazardous algal bloom prevention goal and developing performance measures to track progress.
In their responses, the agencies largely agreed with GAO’s report and outlined their paths toward improvement. GAO will track the agencies’ progress and provide updates on its website.