Algal Blooms: Why They Matter and What To Do

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
George Washington University, Science and Engineering Hall, Room B1270
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Welcome Speaker

Leila Farhadi, PhD – Assistant Professor for George Washington University’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Event Speakers

Matt Harper – Head of the Aquatic Resources Management Unit , Montgomery County Parks
Matt Harper is an Aquatic Ecologist with Montgomery County Parks with over 15 years of experience in the field. As the head of the Aquatic Resources Management Unit, he manages the stewardship of 457 miles of streams, wetlands distributed throughout 26,000 acres of forest, and more than 500 lakes, ponds and stormwater management facilities in the 36,895-acre Maryland park system. Matt runs parks’ biological monitoring program and specializes in environmental review of stream restoration and stormwater projects on parkland. He holds a B.S. in Entomology and a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.

Kevin Sellner, Ph.D. – Senior Scholar in Hood College, Maryland
Trained as a biological oceanographer and phytoplankton ecologist, Kevin focused his initial research career on phytoplankton dynamics and fate of primary production in fresh and marine waters. His interests expanded to harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the mid-1980’s which he continues to pursue in his retirement as a Senior Scholar in Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies through cyanobacteria monitoring and mitigation projects in western Maryland. He is a member of the national Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council’s Strategies for Preventing & Managing Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCBs) Team which will provide web guidance and options on mitigating freshwater cyanobacteria blooms. Kevin has published >100 papers, reports, and factsheets and as a Frederick County, MD resident, he is a member of the Frederick County Sustainability Commission and advises county and city officials on local water quality, land use, and future conditions and options to respond to our changing climate.



5:30 PM: Registration and refreshments
6:15 PM: Presentation and discussion
7:30 PM: Wrap up


GWU Science and Engineering Hall, Room B1270, 800 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20052
George Washington University Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering - Event Co-sponsor
(Enter at corner of H St NW & 22nd St NW. Take lobby stairwell down one level)



Register online by Friday, November 1st.

If you plan to pay at the event, please email Mathini Sreetharan (Membership Chair) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. beforehand. We accept cash and checks on location (make checks payable to AWRA-NCR Section).

Registration is only $10 for members and students, or $15 for non-members. Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates provided for attendance. 


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