One of the new teams to emerge from GOMA’s 2015 restructure is the Water Resources Team, a combination of the former nutrients and water quality teams. The Water Resources Team  focuses on: hypoxia/nutrients, harmful algal blooms, freshwater in-flow, impaired/ non-impaired streams, and human health (pathogens/mercury).

The Team has four goals:

  • Protect human health, aquatic health, and economic health within the Gulf of Mexico by applying and advancing science and technology, improving education and overall environmental awareness, and enhancing partnerships.
  • Identify, prioritize, and pursue additional data and research needed to better characterize, understand, and reduce potential threats to human health or aquatic life
  • Identify linkages between water quality, water quantity, water resource sustainability, human health, aquatic health, and economic health
  • Support ongoing local, regional, national, and international efforts related to protecting and/or improving water resources within the Gulf of Mexico

The GOMA Water Resources Team is co-led by the State of Mississippi and the State of Texas, but has active participation from all five Gulf States and federal agencies working in the region, as well as academia, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the Team’s focus areas and actions in Action Plan III.

Team Tools and Publications

  • Economic Impacts of Water Quality Issues in the Gulf of Mexico - Economic Impacts of Water Quality Issues in the Gulf of Mexico - (PDF, 2.92KB) This is the final report addressing harmful algal bloom impacts on Florida tourism, fishing, and coastal ecosystems that ultimately resulted in a publicly available dashboard.
  • Resource Guide for Harmful Algal Bloom Toxin Sampling and Analysis - A white paper providing Gulf state managers guidance on harmful algal bloom toxin monitoring protocols in order to improve the efficacy and consistency of toxin assessments and response Gulf-wide.
  • White Paper on Gulf of Mexico Water-Quality Monitoring - (PDF, 2.0MB) Provides water-quality information to support informed resource management and public knowledge.
  • Round Robins - The Water Quality Team conducts field and analytical round robin events to identify variability in sampling techniques, equipment and standards.
  • Improved Methods for Recreational Water Quality Criteria - A white paper highlighting revisions to Environmental Protection Agency recreational water quality criteria, encouraging use of data that includes Gulf-specific conditions to reduce the risk to human health from exposure to coastal waters.
  • Mercury Fate and Transport - (PDF, 1.2MB) A model for understanding the cycle of mercury through the Gulf of Mexico food web to identify important sources and improve the ability to reduce the risk of mercury exposure.
  • Molecular Marker Registry - (XLS, 195kb) A central registry containing molecular markers from DNA and RNA found in contaminated waters.
  • Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) - The Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) website is a regional, web-based data and information dissemination tool. This website provides a secure data entry tool for collection of cell count observations of the algal species Karenia brevis.
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting System - The HAB Forecasting System provided by NOAA supplies information on the location, extent, and potential for development or movement of harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Team Co-Chairs

  • Jeff Dauzat, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (Co-Chair)
  • Jill Csekitz, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Co-Chair)

Team Coordinator

  • Lael Butler, GOMA Ambassador

Team Meeting Information

  • Contact your coordinator for any meeting notes or presentations.