Harmful Algal Blooms
Harmful Algal Blooms Effecting US Waterways
Rapid algae overgrowth can result in a phenomenon known as harmful algal blooms (HABs). Blooms can be both toxic and non-toxic but always have a detrimental effect on marine life in the affected area. Algal blooms most often occur in still or slow moving water and are brought on by the combination of sunlight and nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen. When HABs are detected, access to the affected areas is restricted as serious health consequences can result for both animals and humans that come into contact with the impacted water. Reducing the availability of nutrients to the phytoplankton is essential to reducing the occurrence of HABs.
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment State lab develops new test for harmful blue-green algae.
- CDC Launches Reporting System for Harmful Algal Blooms and Associated Human and Animal Illnesses
- EPA Resources for Harmful Algal Blooms