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DEC Activates Online Reporting and Alert System for Harmful Algal Blooms


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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the 2024 Harmful Algal Blooms, or HABs online report and notification system is now up and running. The system provides residents in the state, including trained citizens, to send reports of HABs to the DEC electronically.

“As New York experiences warming temperatures, DEC is working closely with the State Department of Health and our local partners to investigate harmful algal blooms and make significant investments to prevent excess nutrients and other contaminants from negatively affecting water quality,”

DEC Interim Commissioner Mahar said.

Both the DEC and the Department of Health (DOH) will review reports that are received by the agencies and if the HABs are confirmed where reported, they will be posted on the New York HABs page found HERE.

The DEC says their system will include an interactive map of both current and archived bloom locations throughout the state to help residents stay informed about potential HABs.

HABs vary in appearance from scattered green dots in the water, to long, linear green streaks, pea soup or spilled green paint, to blue-green or white coloration. People, pets, and livestock should avoid contact with water that is discolored or has algal scums on the surface.

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