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 http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bfbm/CyanoHABHome.html
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 http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bfbm/index.html
To learn more about the Division of Science, Research & Environmental Health, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/dsr/
For Drinking Water information, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/
Photo: Victor Poretti (l) and Rob Newby (r).