Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are likely triggered by a combination of water and environmental conditions that may include: excess nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), lots of sunlight, low-water or low-flow conditions, calm water, and warm temperatures. Depending on the weather and the characteristics of the lake, HABs may be short-lived (appearing and disappearing in hours) or long-lived (persisting for several weeks or more) (DEC).
See the resources below to better understand where, how, and why harmful algal blooms occur.
Read the 2022 report on harmful algal bloom monitoring in Otsego Lake here.
Households and small businesses (under 100 employees) within 250ft of Goodyear Lake shoreline or Susquehanna River can apply for financial assistance in repairing their septic systems! Click here to learn more.
See where harmful algal blooms have occurred in NY here. Note that this map may not be up-to-date or include all blooms and should not be used to make decisions when considering swimming or boating.
View beach water quality results at state parks here.
This page contains useful information and links to mitigation efforts across the state. Click here to visit.
Learn more about health effects from exposure to toxins from harmful algal blooms here.
See how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studies and forecasts harmful algal blooms across the country here.
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