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A Guide to the Detection and Prevention of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Though sometimes unsightly, the appearance of modest algae blooms often indicates an aquatic ecosystem is healthy. However, certain types of algae can be harmful and even life-threatening. In most freshwater lakes and ponds, HABs are usually caused by cyanobacteria.

Under the right conditions, they can produce toxins that may cause an array of health problems and even death following exposure. For this reason, it is critically important for lake and homeowner’s associations, property managers, golf courses, agricultural facilities, and drinking water reservoirs to understand the causes of HABs and take proactive steps to limit their growth in our local waterbodies.

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