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Help Improve Lake County’s Response to Heat Waves and Cyanobacterial Blooms – Survey Participants Eligible for Weekly $100 Gift Card Drawings

Lake County residents are invited to participate in a community survey to share their experiences on heat waves and cyanobacterial blooms, with opportunities to win a $100 gift card. Lake County has experienced an increasing number of high-heat days in recent years, and cyanobacterial blooms are impacting Clear Lake regularly; this effort aims to understand the community’s needs during these events.

Residents of Lake County, aged 18 or older, who have lived in the county for at least 6 months can take the survey. The survey is available online in English and Spanish at  http://bit.ly/CHARM-survey. Phone surveys can also be arranged. Anyone who completes a survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 MasterCard gift card, with weekly drawings happening through Labor Day. Everyone is encouraged to complete their survey early to be eligible for all drawings.

The community survey is being conducted as part of the Climate Health Adaptation Resilience and Mitigation (CHARM) Lake County Project, a collaboration between Big Valley Rancheria and the Public Health Institute’s Tracking California program and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Survey results will be used to understand barriers that county residents face during heat waves and cyanobacterial blooms, which are increasing in frequency and intensity and often co-occur. “We know that some resources during heat waves, such as cooling centers, may not be accessible or viable for everyone who needs them. This may include people who rely on durable medical equipment, who have pets, or who have limited mobility or access to transportation,” said Susan Paulukonis, Principal Investigator. “Additionally, outdoor workers, those with limited mobility or with high-risk health conditions can be especially impacted.”

Sarah Ryan, the Environmental Protection Director at Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians and study Co-Investigator, emphasizes that the impacts of cyanobacterial blooms reach beyond those living near Clear Lake. “Cyanobacterial blooms can impact anyone who visits the lake for recreational or cultural activities, as well as people who eat fish or drink water from the lake.”

Survey findings will inform an action plan to be developed with a working group of local Tribes, county agencies, and non-governmental and community-based organizations. Learn more about the survey and study at www.charmlakecounty.org.

For more information (press or public):

Susan Paulukonis, Principal Investigator, CHARM Lake County

Susan.Paulukonis@TrackingCalifornia.org

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