News from DEC: Drought, Biomonitoring & Harmful Algal Blooms



 Water Conservation Important this Summer

Did you know that a drought watch is in effect for the entire state? Your water use can have an impact, especially outdoors. Experts estimate that 50 percent of the water we use outdoors goes to waste from evaporation, wind, or runoff due to overwatering.

Timing is important to avoid water waste. Don’t water outdoors during the heat of the day; instead, water in the early morning or late evening. Visit EPA’s WaterSense website and DEC’s Saving Water Makes Good Sense webpage for more tips on saving water.


Biomonitoring Webpage Updated with 2016 Sampling Information

DEC’s Biomonitoring webpage has been updated with information about the Stream Biomonitoring Unit’s 2016 sampling. A new interactive Google Map has been added with detailed information on all 2016 sampling sites.


Harmful Algal Bloom Notices

New information about lakes with harmful algal blooms has been posted today, July 29, on the DEC Harmful Algal Blooms Notifications webpage.

This week, 13 waterbodies in several locations in the state were added to the notification list. There are currently 38 waterbodies with blooms on the notification list.

Avoid and report suspected blooms

Because waterbodies may have harmful algal blooms 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 harmful algal bloom, or you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a harmful algal bloom, please follow the instructions for reporting a bloom to DEC. If you see it, avoid it and report it!

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