DEC’s harmful algal bloom (HABs) notification season started May 26. The HABs Notifications webpage will be updated every Friday through the fall, and a link and the number of waterbodies with blooms will be included in every MakingWaves (Subscribe through DEC Delivers).
This week, 9 waterbodies were added to the notification list. There are currently 9 waterbodies with blooms on the list.
New Brochure and Program Guide Available
To help educate the public about HABs, DEC released a new brochure (PDF, 415 KB) explaining how to detect, avoid and report HABs, as well as the health risks of HABs. DEC has also released a new Program Guide (PDF, 1.8 MB) that details how the DEC HABs Program works with partners to identify, track and report HABs throughout the state, and communicate health risks to the public.
Avoid and Report Suspected Blooms
Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scum and discolored water.
If you suspect you have seen a HAB, or you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a HAB, please follow the instructions for reporting a bloom to DEC. If you see it, avoid it and report it!