EPA hosts high school video challenge about HABs

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EPA hosts high school video challenge about HABs

Please see below a press release forwarded by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for the U.S. EPA Region 8:


Calling all high school students in EPA Regions 7 and 8! Enter EPA’s ‘See a Bloom, Give it Room’ Video Challenge

EPA Regions 7 and 8 are excited to announce the opening of our ‘See a Bloom, Give it Room’ High School Video Challenge! EPA is calling on high school students in both regions to help us promote awareness of harmful algal blooms through creative filmmaking.

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are overgrowths of algae in waterbodies that can affect water quality and aquatic life. Some HABs can produce toxins that can be very dangerous, causing harm to people, animals, and the local environment. We want your help educating people about harmful algal blooms – especially people who live and play near the water such as families, pet owners, swimmers, fisherman, and boaters.

The Challenge

Make an informational video about:

1) How to spot harmful algal blooms, and

2) How to be safe around them.  

The Incentive

Winning individuals or teams for each state and two regional tribal winners will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Two grand prize winners will also be selected to receive $4,000. Not too sHABby!

In addition to cash prizes, winning videos will be posted on the EPA web page, used for educational outreach, and announced on February 5th, 2020 during the EPA Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop in Lenexa, Kansas.


Entrants must be students in grades 9‐12 and reside in EPA Region 7 or Region 8, which includes 

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and 36 tribal nations.


January 3, 2020 11:00 PM ET

Be creative, have fun, and be part of the solution!  Learn how to enter at www.epa.gov/innovation/harmful-algal-bloom-video-challenge.

Please pass this along to any students who may be interested in EPA Regions 7 and 8. For questions, you can contact R7PublicAffairs@epa.gov.

Note: Students should NOT expose themselves to potentially dangerous HABs in the making of their video. Stock photos, video and resources are available for their use at the contest webpage.

To stay tuned for updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @EPARegion7 and @EPARegion8.