Discover DEP: the Official Podcast of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Episode 71-Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms with Victor Poretti and Rob Newby

October 18, 2017

Cyanobacteria are naturally present in lakes and streams, usually in low numbers. However, under suitable environmental conditions, they can form dense blooms. Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms, or CyanoHABs, can discolor water and potentially harm fish and other aquatic organisms. They can also threaten human health and the health of pets that may come in contact with them. Listen in as Bob Bostock sits down with Victor Poretti and Rob Newby from DEP’s Division of Water Monitoring & Standards and Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health as they tell us more about CyanoHABs.

To learn more about CyanoHABs, please visit

To report a potential harmful algal bloom, call 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337) or use the WARN NJDEP mobile app

To learn more about DWM&S’ Bureau of Freshwater and Biological Monitoring, please visit

To learn more about the Division of Science, Research & Environmental Health, please visit

For Drinking Water information, please visit

Photo: Victor Poretti (l) and Rob Newby (r).

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